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Rev Mother Esther Ajayi Visits LASU, Pledges Lecture Theatre ISSN-2052-1979

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Vol.2.37

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A Publication of Ovation Media Group

How Nigeria-Born Pastor,

Tobi Adegboyega is Changing Young Lives in England

BOSS OF THE WEEK

Chima Centus Nweze: Brilliant Jurist Who Choose to Stand Alone

FEATURE

Celebrating Fuji Icon, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal at 63

GTBank Reports Profit Before Tax Of N231.7bn In 2019


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Chima Centus Nweze:

Brilliant Jurist Who Choose to Stand Alone By Eric Elezuo

This court has a duty of redeeming its image, it is against this background that the finality of the court cannot extinguish the right of any person. “I am of the view that this application should succeed. I hereby make an order repealing the decision of this court made on January 14 and that the certificate of return issued to the appellant returned to INEC. “I also make an order restoring the respondents as the winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election,” Justice Centus Nweze istory books will remember him as a d i s s e n t e r. Members of the seven man panel of justi

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ces that sat over the application for review filed by deposed Governor of Imo State, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, will remember him as a rebel without a cause. T h e jury worl

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thing or another based on which side of the divide they are, and more importantly, on common s e n s e a n d conscience. H o w e v e r, t h e general public will reme mbe

one who defiled all odds to walk his talk; stood alone, and proclaimed the truth as he saw and experienced it. Leaning on foremost jurist, late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa's assessment that 'We are final not because we are infallible, rather we are infallible because we are final', Justice Chima Centus Nweze, carved a niche for himself as he judicially cut himself off the general opinion of his other colleagues to give a landmark personal judgment. Nweze disagreed with the r him majority ruling of his six a s colleagues, and gave a dissenting judgment in the application filed by E m e k a Ihedioha of the

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Ihedioha had asked the apex court to set aside its judgment on Imo governorship that declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governor of Imo State. The former governor was earlier declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He and the PDP approached the court after the apex court on January 14 nullified his victory and declared Mr Uzodinma as the winner of the election. His grounds for appealing

t h e S u p r e m e C o u r t ’s decision included the claim that Mr Uzodinma deceived the Supreme Court with his selftabulated results from 388 polling units, and that based on the results accepted by the Supreme Court, the number of voters in the Imo governorship election outnumber the accredited voters for the election, a situation that would ordinarily invalidate an election. In his dissenting judgment, Justice Nweze held that a judgment or order can be set aside on merit. He said the apex court has the power to overrule itself and has done so in the past.

“The decision of the Supreme Court in the instant matter will continue to haunt our electoral jurisprudence for a long time to come,” he finalised. Approved as a Supreme Court Justice in 2014 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, and sworn in by Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Nweze was born on September 25, 1958, and hails from Obollo, Udenu Local Government Area, Enugu State, Eastern Nigeria. Prior to becoming a justice of the Supreme Court of

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Nigeria, Nweze was a Justice of the Nigerian Courts of Appeal. A devout Christian of the Roman Catholic sect, Nweze began his educational sojourn at Nsukka where he attended St John Cross Seminary from 1972 1977, emerging with a Distinction in the West African School Certificate Examination, WASCE. Between 1979 and 1983, he studied Law at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, and his final year in 1983, he represented all Nigerian Law Faculties at the Phillip Jessup

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International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, as the Chief Oralist. He also obtained an LLM and a doctorate in the same university years later. Nweze was called to the Nigerian bar in 1984 and served as a youth corps member in Bauchi between 1984 and 1985. A prolific legal practitioner, it took him only 10 years to get elevated to the High Court Bench of Enugu State. While on the High Court Bench, he served as Chairman, Second Robbery and Firearms Tribunal, Enugu State, 1996 -1998; Chairman,

Robbery and Firearms Tribunal, Nsukka, 1998 1999; Member, Ondo State Local Government Election Petition Tribunal, 1999; Chairman, Ogun State Governorship and Legislative Houses Election Petition Tribunal, 1999; Administrative Judge, Nsukka Judicial Division, Enugu State, 2001. On February 15, 2008, he was appointed a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, and served in that capacity until October 29, 2014, when he was, finally, elevated to Nigeria’s apex court as a Justice of the Supreme Court. An author and co-authored

of many books, Nweze has also won many laurels in the cause of his duties, some of which are the Nancy Pelosi Congressional Aw a r d , 2 0 1 5 ; Distinguished Scholarship Awardee, Golden Gate University, San Fransisco, California, USA; Justice of the Year Award, 1997; Rotary International District 1940 Award, Rotaract Club, UNEC; Award for Professional Service, 1998. He also won the Dignity of Man Award, UNN Alumni Association, 2001; and Award for Excellence, Law

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Students’ Association, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka among many others. Justice Newze is married to Justice Ugonne Jacinta Nweze of the Enugu State Judiciary. They are blessed with five children and a grandchild. The jurist's judgment may have been over ruled by the majority consisting six others of his colleagues, Nweze is an example of an idea that is focused and does not necessarily flow with the crowd for the sake of it. H eis an embodiment of b o l d n e s s , straightforwardness and exemplary career figure.

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Rev Mother Esther Ajayi Visits LASU, Pledges Lecture Theatre Story: Gabriel Femi

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e n o w n e d philanthropist and Founder, Love of Christ Generation Church, C&S, Clapham, London, Revd. Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi, has pledged to donate a Lecture Theatre to the Lagos State University, LASU. Iya Adura as she is popularly called, made the pledge during a visit to the state owned institution for a Capacity Building Programme organised by EduBox Global and Heads-Up Limited in conjunction with National Association of Nigeria Students, Zone D. The donation was in response to a request by the NANS Zone D Coordinator, Comrade Samuel Kappo, for a bus and a Lecture Theatre. Tagged Digital Jobs and Business Incubation for Youth Across Africa, the programme took place at the 3-in-1 Building, Faculty of Education, Main Campus, Ojo. Delivering her address as the guest speaker, Rev. Mother Ajayi said: “I've already told the VC to give me a list of three things that the University wants, but since the Coordinator has requested for a Lecture Theatre, it is done.” She also admonished the elated students on the benefits of Information Technology in today’s world. “Take advantage of IT to provide solutions for yourselves and your country; don’t wait for the government. The government cannot do

it all alone. You can make loads of money right in your house doing business online,” she said. In his r e s p o n s e , t h e Vi c e Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Fagbohun commended her efforts, saying why will God not continue to bless you when you are a blessing to all these wonderful students?" He went to shower prayers on the generous woman of God and exalted the institution of first of its type.

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Education, solution to Almajiri menace - NASFAT

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he Nasrul-lahi-il-Fathi Society has said education is the solution to the Almajiri menace in the northern part of the country. The group, who noted its efforts in providing education for the underprivileged in the North, stated that there was a need to remove the children off the streets. T h e Vi c e - C h a i r m a n , Anniversary Planning Committee of NASFAT’s 25th anniversary, Bayo Alabidun, said this on Thursday, during a visit to the PUNCH Place on LagosIbadan Expressway, as part of events slated for the anniversary with the theme, ‘Building a Better Society’. Lectures, free medical

outreach, a peace walk, empowerment programme, among others, have been scheduled for between March 1 and March 31 to mark the anniversary. According to Alabidun, the lecture would take place at three different locations which include Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt on March 10, 18 and 25. He said, “NASFAT at the local level has taken it upon itself to give free education to those that cannot send their children to school and we ensure that rich members are responsible for the payment of the school fees. “Local branches are responsible for the primary pupils; the zonal level is responsible for the secondary

school while the national level is responsible for the u n i v e r s i t y. We h a v e provisions for catching them young and ensuring that they are educated. “We have branches in the North and presently the president of the group is in talks with the Sultan of Sokoto to join us in the

campaign of taking the children off the streets and taking them back to school. “Our 25th anniversary is a one-month event starting with a prayer for Nigeria and it focuses on peace and security. We have urged our members to do a special prayer to ward off coronavirus from Nigeria and the world at large.”

Democracy Is Difficult For Government At Centre, Says Abaribe

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enate Minority L e a d e r, S e n a t o r Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said Nigerians were currently going through pains, cautioning that the country needed to move in a different direction away

from its present path. The minority leader spoke on Thursday night at the Government House in Port Harcourt during a condolence visit by the Senate Minority Caucus to t h e s t a t e g o v e r n o r,

Nyesom Wike, over the passage of his uncle, the late Charles Wike. A b a r i b e s a i d , “ We understand the difficulty every Nigerian is feeling today. We understand the pains most Nigerians are g o i n g through today. We understand that those who came o n t h e platform of change have ended up even b e i n g worse than those that they came to change. “ T h e

disappointment; the disillusionment that most Nigerians are feeling today is our responsibility to bring to the fore in our public debate. “We have been keeping up with our ideals. Democracy is difficult for some people to really fathom. I think that is why the government at the centre is finding it really difficult. “ Yo u c a n n o t h a v e democracy without having democrats. Only democrats can give you democracy. Autocrats can never give you d e m o c r a c y. W h a t autocrats want at every time is to say that their word is the law.”

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ICYMI: FG Orders UNILAG To Suspend Convocation

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he management of the University of Lagos has postponed the u n i v e r s i t y ’s 5 1 s t convocation scheduled to commence on March 9. This was contained in a press statement released on the university’s website on Thursday. No reason was given for the postponement in the statement signed by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Oladejo Azeez, Esq. The university had also in February 2018 postponed its 50th convocation. The statement read, “The Management of the University of Lagos regrets to inform the general public that the 51st (2019) Convocation Ceremonies earlier scheduled to hold from Monday 9th to Thursday 12th March 2020, has been postponed. “Any inconvenience occasioned by this postponement is highly regretted.” Our correspondent,

however, gathered that the Federal Ministry of Education ordered the university management to postpone its convocation. A leaked memo showed that the Ministry of Education asked the National Universities Commission to instruct UNILAG to postpone the convocation over an allegation that the university’s Governing Council did not approve the programme. The memo addressed to the Executive Secretary of the NUC, read, “The attention of the honourable minister has been drawn to the attached copy of a letter dated 2nd of March 2020 from the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Dr. B.O. Babalakin to the effect that the 2019 convocation ceremonies were not approved by the Governing Council in line with the laws of the University. “I am to, therefore, request that you kindly advise the Vi c e - C h a n c e l l o r t o

suspend the convocation ceremonies. a n d e n s u r e f u l l He said that 281 of the compliance with due students bagged firstprocess.” class degrees while Meanwhile, the Vice- 13,489 others would Chancellor of the receive degrees, u n i v e r s i t y, P r o f . d i p l o m a s , a n d Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, certificates in various h a d d u r i n g a p r e - fields. c o n v o c a t i o n n e w s Ogundipe said Dr Stella conference on Monday in Adedevo, who lost her Lagos said no fewer than life on August 19, 2014, 100 first-class graduates while preventing the of the university would be spread of Ebola virus in offered employment. the country and a former T h e v i c e - c h a n c e l l o r Vice-Chancellor of the a n n o u n c e d t h a t t h e university, Prof. Oye university had secured I b i d a p o - O b e , w e r e N250 million funding a m o n g p r o m i n e n t from the Bank of Industry Nigerians that would be t o s u p p o r t honoured at the entrepreneurship drive in convocation event. the institution. He said the convocation According to him, the l e c t u r e w o u l d b e u n i v e r s i t y h a s a l s o delivered by the Minister attracted about N7 billion of Communications and for research from local Digital Economy, Dr Isa a n d i n t e r n a t i o n a l Pantami on ‘The Role of agencies. Disruptive Technologies Giving a breakdown of in Sustainable Economic the graduating students, Transformation’. the VC stated that a total D u r i n g t h e p r e s s of 13,489 of them would c o n f e r e n c e , t h e r e c e i v e d e g r e e s , university’s anthem was diplomas, and certificates also unveiled. at the convocation www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Coronavirus: 110 Die, 3,332 Infected In 24 Hours Globally

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he number of novel coronavirus cases in the world rose to 100,842, including 3,456 deaths, across 92 countries and territories by 05 pm Friday. This was according to a report compiled by AFP from official sources. Since 05 pm Thursday, 3,332 new contaminations and 110 new deaths were identified. China – excluding the territories of Hong Kong and Macau – where the epidemic emerged at the end of December, had 80,552 cases, of which 3,042 were fatal. There were 143 new infections and 30 deaths there since 1700 GMT Thursday. Outside China, a total of 20,290 cases have been

recorded around the world since the epidemic began, including 414 deaths. There have been 3,189 new cases and 80 new deaths outside China since 05pm Thursday. The most affected countries after China are South Korea (6,284 cases, 42 deaths), Italy (4,636 cases, 197 deaths), Iran (4,747 cases, 124 deaths) and France (577 cases, nine deaths). Since Thursday 1700 GMT, China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, the United States, France, Spain, and the Netherlands have recorded new deaths. In Italy, there were 49 more fatalities. S e r b i a , t h e Va t i c a n , Slovakia, Peru, Togo, the

Palestinian territories and Bhutan have confirmed the first cases on their soil. Asia has recorded a total at 1700 GMT Friday of 88,389 cases (3,101 deaths), Europe 7,112 cases (214 deaths), Middle East 5,003 cases (127 deaths), US and Canada 194 cases (12

deaths), Oceania 68 cases (two deaths), Latin America and the Caribbean 34 cases, Africa 42 cases. This assessment was carried out using data collected by AFP offices from the competent national authorities and information from the World Health Organisation.

Airline Reduces Flight Capacity By 50% Over Coronavirus

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erman airline, Lufthansa, said on Friday that it would slash capacity by half in the coming weeks, as the group battles “drastic declines in bookings and numerous flight cancellations” prompted by the novel coronavirus. “Based on further demand development, capacity will be reduced by up to 50 percent in the coming weeks,” Lufthansa said in a statement, after announcing

Monday it would cut its flight plan by 25 percent. The carrier’s shares were down slightly in afternoon trading in Frankfurt, shedding 0.8 percent to trade at 11.41 euros ($12.90), but still outperforming the overall blue-chip DAX index, which was down 3.1 percent. Lufthansa with subsidiaries like Eurowings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines has announced deep cuts in its timetable this week as the

effect of the COVID-19 disease began to bite. It will not fly routes to China and Iran until late April, while Israeli restrictions on non-resident arrivals from some EU countries prompted it to cut flights to the Jewish state until March 28. Capacity equivalent to 150 planes was already grounded, 25 of them from the longhaul fleet. On Thursday, Lufthansa said its previously-announced 25percent capacity cut would mean 7,100 flight cancellations around Europe through to the end of its winter timetable on March 28. Many of the cancellations will fall on high-frequency German domestic services to cities like Berlin and

Hamburg from the group’s Frankfurt and Munich hubs. Meanwhile, “a second focus of the route cancellations” was Italy, with cities including Milan, Venice and Rome affected, and other countries around Europe also hit. The group has also instituted a hiring freeze and is considering slashing workers’ hours. “It is not yet possible to estimate the impact on earnings” from the virus measures, Lufthansa had said Thursday. The International Air Transport Association had also warned Thursday the total revenue impact on the industry could be in the range of $63-$100 billion. AFP

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Coronavirus: Fist Bumps Replace Handshakes In Davis Cup

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avis Cup qualifying got underway Friday under the shadow of the coronavirus with fist bumps instead of handshakes, ball boys and girls keeping their distance from sweat-stained towels and two ties even played out in eerily-empty arenas. With matches taking place from Australia to Japan to Europe and in South America and Hawaii, 12 teams are bidding to join defending champions Spain, 2019 runners-up Canada, semi-finalists Great Britain and Russia, as well as wildcards France and Serbia in the Madrid finals in November. Two of Friday's ties had to be staged behind closed doors with spectators banned in Miki, where Japan are hosting Ecuador, and in Cagliari as Italy faced South Korea. "Conditions were strange," said Italian number one and world 11 Fabio Fognini after cruising past 251-ranked Lee Duck-hee 6-0, 6-3 in just over an hour at the Circolo Tennis venue. "It was not difficult to focus but it was a bit strange to play in front of 100 people. But safety first and then sport," Fognini told daviscup.com. Italy has been the worst-hit European country with 197 deaths from the coronavirus. As a result, all sporting events are being played behind closed doors for the next month.

On Friday, only teams, media and support staff were allowed into the arena where world n u m b e r 7 9 Gianluca Mager then extended the Italian lead to 2-0 overnight after a 63, 7-5 debut win over Nam Ji-sung. "There's too much silence for a Davis Cup crowd," said Italy skipper Corrado Barazzutti after a day in which players and backroom staff exchanged fist bumps rather than the traditional post-match handshake in an effort to reduce the risk of a virus spread. In Miki, Japan, without their top two singles players Kei Nishikori — who hasn't played Davis Cup since 2016 — and Yo s h i h i t o N i s h i o k a , slipped 2-0 down to Ecuador. Emilio Gomez defeated Go Soeda 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) while Roberto Quiroz shrugged off a gap of 186 places in the rankings to beat Yasutaka Uchiyama 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 7-6 (10/8). – 'Do not touch' – Ball boys and girls wore gloves to handle the balls and used baskets for players to toss their towels. Japan has reported 360 confirmed cases of coronavirus and six deaths. It all added to a miserable day for Japan who were without Nishikori, still

recovering from an elbow injury which has sidelined him since the US Open, and Nishioka. Wo r l d n u m b e r 4 8 Nishioka decided not to join the national team to avoid the possibility of being quarantined on his return to the United States ahead of next week's ATP event in Indian Wells. "I know they sold all the tickets so it's a pity to play without spectators," Ecuador captain Raul Viver told daviscup.com. Elsewhere, 28-time Davis Cup champions Australia, playing without injured Nick Kyrgios, were 2-0 up on Brazil in Adelaide. Jordan Thompson saw off Thiago Monteiro 6-4, 6-4 before John Millman recovered from a set and 5-3 down to defeat highly-rated 19-year-old Thiago Seyboth Wild 4-6, 7-6 (7/0), 6-2. "That's what Davis Cup is all about, never giving up," said Millman. In Zagreb, 2005 and 2018 champions Croatia were 2-0 up on India after

Borna Gojo beat Prajnesh Gunneswaran 3-6, 6-4, 62 and former US Open winner Marin Cilic saw off world number 182 Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (10/8). In Bratislava, three-time champions Czech Republic were 2-0 ahead of Slovakia in a first-time meeting since splitting into two independent nations in 1993. Kazakhstan and the Netherlands were 1-1 in Nur-Sultan while Austria and Uruguay were similarly deadlocked in Graz. Other ties on Friday see Hungary v Belgium, Germany against Belarus, Sweden at home to Chile, all in Europe. Colombia were hosting Argentina at altitude in Bogota while record 32time champions the United States hosted Uzbekistan in Honolulu. The qualifying round will be completed on Saturday when each tie will feature a doubles clash and reverse singles. AFP

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Coronavirus: No Symptoms In 39 Quarantined Persons, Says Ogun

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he Ogun State Government has said the 39 persons on quarantine in the isolation facility of a company in Ewekoro have not developed any symptom of coronavirus disease. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said this while leading a team to the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God along the L a g o s - I b a d a n Expressway. Coker said this in a statement sent from the state Ministry of Information on Thursday. The statement indicated that the team was received by the senior pastors of the RCCG during the sensitization.

Coker explained that the global emergency posed by COVID-19 informed the need to sensitise religious leaders who would take the message to their various communities. She called on religious leaders to join the g o v e r n m e n t i n enlightening the members of the public. Coker said, “We all know that coronavirus is a global emergency. The index case, a 44-year-old Italian national, who was transferred from Ogun State to the Bio-Security Laboratory is responding to treatment. “Even the people who have been quarantined are not developing any symptoms. “The need to keep spreading the message of personal hygiene at

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different levels is very important. Hence, we want to solicit your support in fighting this disease.” In her remarks, the Team Lead, African Region, W o r l d H e a l t h Organisation, Prof. Bola Olayinka, underscored the need for social distancing in the event of respiratory tract infection. She urged that the habit of touching face and other

parts of the body without washing hands should be discouraged. Responding, Pastor Odesola thanked the state government for the gesture, promising that the pastors would not fail to spread information on the importance of personal hygiene in their various localities.

Facebook Shuts London, Singapore Offices After Coronavirus Case

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acebook said Friday it was shutting its London office and part of its Singapore base for “deep cleaning” after an employee in the Asian citystate was diagnosed with coronavirus. A staff member working at the US technology giant’s Marina One office in Singapore was on Friday diagnosed with COVID-19, a spokesman told AFP. “We have immediately closed the affected areas for deep cleaning and advised employees based in the affected area to work from home until 13 March,” he said in an emailed statement. The infected employee had

also visited Facebook’s London offices between February 24 and 26. “We are therefore closing our London offices until Monday for deep cleaning and employees are working from home until then,” the spokesman said. The company said it was getting in touch with individuals who had direct contact with the person infected, and had asked them to self-isolate and monitor for any potential symptoms. Facebook has already closed its Shanghai office until further notice, while employees in Italy and South Korea have been encouraged to work from

home. In addition, staff in the San Francisco Bay area have been “strongly recommended” to work from home starting from Friday. Coronavirus has infected more than 100,000 people across 91 countries globally, according to an

AFP tally, while more than 3,400 people have died. A total of 163 people have currently tested positive for the virus in Britain, and two people have died, health authorities said Friday. AFP

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How Nigeria-Born Pastor,

Tobi Adegboyega is Changing Young Lives in England By Eric Elezuo

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s controversial as many may see him, the obvious fact remains that Nigeria-born, England based pastor, Tobi Adegboyega, is busy transforming young and youthful lives into the wonders they were created to be, using his Salvation Proclaimers Anointed Church (SPAC Nation), a Christian denomination worship centre in East London. Situated at The Atrium on 124 Cheshire

St, London, SPAC Nation was established to rekindle hope in lost and about to be lost lives, especially among black youths. According to the church's site, "SPAC NATION is a faith based organisation that is committed in seeing the lives of young people being transform ed. A generation whereby many young people have been dejected, abused and simply overlooked, SPAC NATION merely offers an alternative, whilst

changing the narrative of this generation one step at a time. "​ Taking a hands-onapproach, SPAC NATION offers 1:1 mentorship/key work sessions, counselling and guidance through the means of lifestyle evangelism’’. A concept that is not common within today's society, SPAC N AT I O N b r e a k s t h e mould..." SKC Ogbonnia In a research conducted by BBC in 2019, it was o b s e r v e d t h a t

Adegboyega, who is said to be the cousin of Britain based popular actor, John Boyega, in collaboration with five other pastors (the generals) working with him, has helped many young people to lay down their arms and take the bible as well as worthy and rewarding businesses for a greater and better future, and of course many testimonies abound. Each of the pastors runs one of five churches across the capital.

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Popularly known as PT (Pastor Tobi) by adherents, the young up and mobile Nigerian pastor is always the cynosure of all eyes during his services, which more than anything, takes the shape of a celebration, and the message is principally 'prosperity gospel' - a belief that God rewards his followers with material wealth - and the more they give, the more they will be rewarded. Like every flamboyant preacher, Adegboyega attracts condemnation from most people who do not know how his church is run, and others who may have been fed with insiders account albeit wrongly. But he affirmed that he has not taken anybody's or church's money, his flashy lifestyle notwithstanding. It is reported that he drives a Rolls Royce among others, wears matching designer outfits, and eyewitness account on the spot, says he was 'sporting a £15,000 watch'. PT's denials came in the

wake of claims by young followers that they have been left in thousands of pounds of debt, calling to question the church's inner workings. But PT explains, bringing to the fore the reasons the church and its pastors sort of appear ostentatious: “We realised young people need help. That help may be getting into college, or getting out of a gang. "I realised that to connect with the generation you have to look like them. "What are they looking for? Why are they attracted to drill rap? They want the shoes, and the clothes. "We thought we’re going to do the same thing, and wear what they wear, then we’ll pass on the right message. "I can easily pull up in a nice car among secondary school kids who may be about to start selling drugs. They ask what I do and I get them engaged. "Once I get their attention I can pass on the right message, and tell them they’ll make money by changing their lives. We

had to attract them." Adegboyega, himself, a pastor's son and trained lawyer, has truly exhibited charisma in everything he has been engaged in, especially in the way he has been getting the young ones to jettison a life of crime and gangsterism to embrace the loving Word of God and genuine business. He is far from the typical everyday minister. Hear him: “SPAC is a very different kind of church. It’s not your typical church. “We tell them there’s something better, whether that’s a start-up business, or education - if they weren’t part of our church many would be in prison, or dead.” The wealth on display, apparently is also a cause for concern, given the vulnerability of many youngsters looking for a better way of life. Tobi believes that instead of allowing the youngsters seek good life through crime, it were better they

are introduced to Christ, using all the trappings of the good life they envisaged. In his church are neatly arranged rows of weapons, mostly knives, which have been surrendered by repented gangsters and small time criminals in what appears like a gangster movie. While the church denies all allegations, vulnerable teens have opined that extortion reign supreme in the church in as much BBC reporter said she saw otherwise 'when I spent a Sunday there'. Tobi's SPAC is another fortress with hefty looking and well dressed security men in their numbers, syrveying and parading the length and breath of the church. The measure, the church explains, is necessary because of the likelihood of persons coming in with weapons. "We have very strong security measures in place. My first duty is to make everyone feel safe.

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The security we have, they are also from that background, so they know to sit certain people in separate areas. “We’ve had arguments and near clashes but no one’s been beaten up because of our security. “We have briefings every week. The head of our security has served in the military and one is an expoliceman. We don’t do searches but we’re always keeping an eye out. “People do bring weapons, but most do it to submit it to the church.” He insisted that people come into the church with weapons only to surrender them. This sometimes is a consequence of appeals and admonitions overtime. He added that at sometime, guns were recovered as well as drugs. “We’ve had guns once in a while. We’ve had a guy hand in four guns. He is still one of the leaders in church now. He said he wouldn’t go to the corner shop without a gun because he was so afraid people wanted to get him.” Speaking further on recovered weapons, he

said: “Most of these look like they’ve been taken from the kitchen, taken by young people who want to be able to protect themselves. Sometimes we’ve had rambos and samurai swords professional knives, bought on the internet.” Testifying to the Church's way of changing the youths, fellow pastor, Nathan, 28, who joined SPAC in 2015 from a life of gangsterism and poverty told BBC reporter his story: “I grew up in South East London and by the age of 15, I’d already buried one of my friends because of knife crime. “I’d got involved in that life aged 13 in secondary school. It wasn’t hard. I grew up in abject poverty, my dad wasn’t around and I was with my mum. Seeing the bailiff come into the house was just the norm. We moved seven different places in four years. I felt a responsibility to do something about it and I looked at the options. Nathan did something about it, and joined the

gang, but today, he is a classic example of one of their 'success stories', as he says with their help he’s now a finance broker, with a five-bed house, an Audi sports car and a £40,000 watch. This was the story of one who started selling at 13, and couldn't go anywhere without a knife for about six awkward years. Pastor Tobi Adegboyega summarised his destiny thus: I grew up in the church, preached my first message in church at the age of 8 but, I grew to get into other things and I looked for solace and direction in drugs, education etc. I felt the Lord calling me back at the age of 25 years but it wasn’t going to be into the church like I had known it. I had followed the Evangelical, Pentecostal and Orthodox “movements” all my life but I knew there was something more. I am sent to a disenfranchised group of people. A new generation of young people,

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prospering on fire for God but mostly coming from difficult backgrounds. Some years ago, we started to speak to this set of people about three of them to begin with, now these young men and women have increased to over 2000 people, in each service. Currently we operate with over 200 ordained ministers and pastors and we operate about 17 community units across London. According to the BBC, nothing like this has ever been seen before. Young people coming to surrender to Christ and gang leaders and members coming to church to give up their weapons, drugs etc on the altar. Financial times and many other television channels in the UK have recorded and reported what God is doing. We have created over 40 businesses as we create alternative lifestyles for young people in politics, business, finance, education etc. ​Culled from The Sun UK

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Celebrating Fuji Icon, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal at 63 By: Ajibade Morakinyo

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ith the history of Fuji musical genre dating back to decades in Nigeria, it would be disheartening for such a widely accepted kind of music among the western region of Nigeria to be without a king. One can look up to as not only a legend, but one with so much value and professionalism in what he does. The life of O l a s u n k a n m i Wa s i u Ishola, popularly known as K1 De Ultimate (KWAM 1) even at 63 is first among hundreds of living pacesetters that have transformed fuji music to global limelight. Despite the huddles of rising from being a mere member and mentee of Chief (Dr) Sikiru Ayinde Barrister's band, the S u p r e m e F u j i Commander, who reigned between 1978 and 1984, K i n g Wa s i u Ay i n d e Marshal I has proved himself worthy of the shoes his mentor left behind, stepping into the "King of Fuji title. Since then, the fuji world has constantly experience hit songs that defiled the ancient style. He also adopted the name of Ayinde into his name after seeking the permission and blessing of his master, Ayinde Barrister. KWAM1 - a prolific recording artist continues to update his fuji style combining juju, apala, and Yoruban blues. With this, he incorporated such Western instruments: keyboards, saxophone,

electric guitar, etc., into fuji music. KWAM1 has over time did what looked impossible to other fuji musicians and expanded his musical vocabulary to include rock, funk, and hip-hop influences. Although he initially sang Koranic chants and rhymes, KWAM1 has increasingly focused on

youth-oriented themes. Born in March 3, 1957, he popularized a brand of the fuji genre based on the work of the fuji creator, Ayinde Barrister, known as Talazo fuji that appeals to all age groups, irrespective of tribe and background. To note, fuji arose from the improvisational A j i s a r i / We r e m u s i c

tradition, which is a kind of music performed to wake Muslims before dawn during the Ramadan fasting season. Were/Ajisari music itself was made popular by Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister. Fuji or Fuja are similar yoruba words and they are related in usage. Fuji and Fuja are used

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differently to denotes someone that is sociable. For example, Late Ayinla Omowura in one of his records "Ebi Ki pagun" mentioned Fuji more than eight times to describe fans that are sociable. Wasiu Ayinde Marshal is unbendingly passionate about what he wants his future to look like at his very tender age. He started his music career by 15, and has since then made songs that kick one off the chair to the dance floor. He released his first album titled ‘Iba’ with the special track 'Abode Mecca' in 1980, and thereafter, his most successful album Talazo '84 in 1984. He has won many titles and several music awards like no others. K1 De Ultimate streched tentacles to the global scene, with a global fuji tour between North America and Europe in 1986 and performed at

Hammersmith town hall London in 1987. This was followed by outstanding performances in New York city, United States with full Talazo Band on Sep. 28 1990, London Yuppie 1 & 2 Nights 1991/92, European Tour 1995, Berlin 1997, North America (USA & Canada '98), Canada 2000, and USA Tour 2003. He has continued non stop touring annually since. With his world music tour, the fuji maestro has been treating his fans all over the world to special fuji delicacies. This took him to some countries in Europe, America, Asia and back to Africa. The successful music icon, whose songs have been hugely embraced over the years across race and culture, has more than once been registered on the minds of his Europe fans.

enabled him reconnect with his teeming fans abroad and thrill them with his branded tunes that span multiple decades. He is the only Fuji musician to perform at Troxy, WOMEX and SOB's. His passion for his career fetched him several awards and accolades b e y o n d h i s contemporaries in the industry. In 1996, he delivered the first Fuji performance ever at the World Of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) in the UK, an international festival that celebrates the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance. He has also had numerous chieftancy feathers attached to his cap. Among which include Badabarawu of Ogijo in 1985; Ekerin Amuludun of Ibadanland in 1986; According to him, the tour Golden Mercury of Africa

Title in 1986; Honoris Causa of Music at Saint John University Bakerfield California USA in 1989; Crown as King of Fuji, (Oluaye Fuji Music) at NTA Ibadan in 1993; The Oluomo of Lagos by King Adeyinka Oyekan of Lagos in 1999; and he was recently (Monday, January 13th 2020) installed by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as the first Mayegun of Yoruba Land. K1 also won the Headies Hall of Fame and the City People Lifetime A c h i e v e m e n t Aw a r d . Despite all, the living music icon’s impact has not been relegated in the industry. KWAM 1, at 63, maintains the kingship of the fuji genre with brilliant leadership and professionalism in the industry.

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Exemplars of Greatness: Ayo Megbope, The Story of Resilience! By Tolulope A. Adegoke

"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." – J.K Rowling uccess can sometimes be found in the most unexpected places. It could lurk in the most despised or detested occupations, making it only discoverable by those w h o h a v e t h e determination to ignore all the pain and shame that come with the process, and remain focused till they strike gold. This type of success inspires hope in people who run odd businesses or side-hustles and feel they are only spinning in circles, with no hope of real success to eventually come their way. This is why the zero-toHERO story of Ayo Megbope, a moi-moi (bean cake) seller, who hustled against all odds to eventually grow a successful business with a turnover of over $100,000 a year, is worth exploring! Megbope was a trained confidential secretary, who worked at Corona Schools, in Lagos, Nigeria, for nine years. After working with Corona for so long, she decided to quit her job to start a playgroup. To achieve this, Megbope signed up for a six-month Montessori programme. However, by the end of the programme, she had lost total interest and was no longer motivated to run a

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play group, because according to her, it was no longer exciting. Now without anything to do, Megbope started cooking for her sister-inlaw – who ran a restaurant – so she could keep herself busy. She would make all kinds of meals, including soups, stew, and a lot more. Then one day, her sister-inlaw visited her, and met her family having a meal of. Megbope had prepared this meal from the last 1,000 naira (roughly $3) that the family had. The sister-inlaw was invited to the dinner and she found the

moi-moi so tasty that she asked Megbope to start preparing it for her too at her restaurant. Before long, her sister-in-law's friends and colleagues started placing orders for the moi-moi from Megbope. Within three months of selling moi-moi to family and friends, Megbope's monthly turnover was already between 30,000 to 40,000 naira. At this point, she realised she was on to something and had to maximise her profit margins, since the best way to run any business

would be to have high t u r n o v e r. H o w e v e r , finding a place to grow the trade proved to be a bit difficult. After much effort without success, she decided to try her former place of work (the school), to see if she could sell some of her delicacy there. In an interview she granted to a newspaper, Megbope said; "I would show up in my rickety Peugeot car, with wraps of moi-moi in a cooler. I would stand at the school gate, and begin to call each parent by their first name or their children's names, and

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attempt to sell them moimoi. They were used to seeing me in skirt or trouser suits, but were now seeing me in Ankara outfits. It was a humbling experience. They were like, 'sebi we told you not to leave Corona but you did, see what you are selling now, moi-moi; this is bad'‌but I sold still." As she persisted, the people gradually began to p a t r o n i s e h e r. A f t e r confirming that she was a good cook, they started requesting for other delicacies like meats, stews, soups and a lot more. At this point, Megbope could not really account for what she was making because she kept no real records; but she knew her income was growing. Soon after, she read in the newspapers that a United Nations team was coming to Nigeria to invest

in women-owned businesses. It was a partnership between Goldman Sachs and the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) at the PanAtlantic University, to empower about 10,000 women entrepreneurs. Every participant was required to write and submit an essay. Megbope submitted an entry for the moi-moi business and it was accepted. The fivemonth programme exposed her information she wished she had known a long time ago. It showed her how to structure her business, organise her finances, build great communication skills and improve her customer service experience. By the end of the programme, her business, now called "No Left Over Nigeria Limited", experienced a major overhaul. Within a

short time, she had hired over 50 staff, including temporary workers, and got her accounting right. She went from a oneproduct business to becoming a full-on catering outfit, servicing over 1,000 people. So much was the patronage that Mogbeope got that her moi-moi sales in one week alone was able to pay all the staff's salaries in a month. Indeed, within a year from her time at the Goldman Sachs training, she was finally able to purchase a delivery van. Her success was so remarkable that she was invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Goldman Sachs. She was also on the panel of t h e Tu r k i s h P r i m e Minister's Global Summit on Entrepreneurship, while equally holding meetings with former America's first lady,

Michelle Obama and former America's President, Bill Clinton. Ayo Megbope is truly an inspiration to entrepreneurs, especially those who are just starting out. She has shown that no matter how petty a start-up's products and services may seem, positioning your business at the right place, with the right price, and constantly improving your knowledge, will set you up for success and emerging a HERO in your life's calling. The key question is, what have you learnt from all these inspirational narrations and experiences so far? And what will you do about it? Exemplars of Greatness Series continues next week‌

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Unleash Your Potential

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reetings Destiny Friends, Each and every one of us has potentials lying inside of us. I call it, the seeds of greatness. Imagine having a seed in your hand, if properly cultivated, that seed is capable of producing millions of seeds in addition to making a forest. One of the major reasons why most people fail to reach the peak of their success either in their career or business is because they are yet to discover themselves. Discovering oneself is one of the most challenging aspects of life. According to a school of thought, the day you discover your skill that's the day you become a millionaire. In our contemporary society, it is really challenging to get a job, but if one can look inside of oneself and see what skills, talents, and gift lying idle and waiting to be tapped, you'll discover that you literally have been empowered to succeed. In this digital age of technology, getting a career job has become really challenging and at the same time easy. Individuals who have been able to look into their inner self and discover potentials will not find it hard getting a job and also

empowering themselves. Potentials are what make us unique, one of the major reasons why most people fail in life is because they compare themselves with their peers. It's imperative to know that no skill or talent is of more relative importance than the other. What really makes the difference is the application and usage at any point in time. Unleashing one's potentials attracts lots of blessings and opportunities, however, one will have to do the needful in order to reap the fruit of their labor. During the course of this article, we shall be looking at various ways we can unleash our potentials. Every human being,

regardless of race, sex, or any other characteristic, has the incredible capacity to realize their potential and be fulfilled. To unleash your potential, you need to look internally and see what's unique in you in order for you to steer it up. We all have potentials and seeds of greatness burning in us, but our problem is that we are too docile and allowing our minds, environment, and circumstances to limit us. Sometimes, we all need somebody to push us and inspire us to step up our game, sometimes, we don't even know what we have, but our environment and good friends/mentors can

make us think out of the box. We surely live in a competitive world now, where hatred and jealously seems to be the order of the day. This is because everyone wants to remain at the top. It's instructive to note that if you have great potentials in you, nobody can quench your fire or dim your light. To unleash your potentials, you have to work with passion. Let us see how we can unleash their potentials. 1. Know Your Feelings: Young teenagers who are in love normally use feelings to know if they have any strong attachments to the

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opposite sex concerned. In the same way, our potentials can be unleashed if only we can look at the big picture. Above all, always channel your energy and thoughts on what is needed. A resourceful way of knowing what's unique is using a personality test. A good way to know what your instincts react to positively is to figure out what you do with relative ease and the act gives you joy, peace of mind and fulfillment. It can be singing, public speaking, artwork, writing, reading, playing piano, etc. 2. Determine Your Core Values. These are the things that shape how you view yourself, others, and the world around you. Studies have shown that you will find your life more meaningful, and feel a deeper sense of well-being if you live a life that is "value-congruent," or in line with what's most important to you. Value is relative, therefore identify areas that are not consistent with your values and work around it. 3. Visualize and Mirror Yourself Success is an internal mindset you'll have to realize when reality sets in. Your potentials can be unleashed when you imagine and act in a certain way that aligns with your values and desires with your thoughts, words, and action. Frederick Buechner said: "Your calling is where your passions meet the world's needs." By adopting these habits, you can start reaching your full

potential. And in the end, it all comes down to believing that nothing can stop you from achieving what you want to do, the only thing holding you down is yourself A word of advice, everything you want to do, anything you want to achieve, you can do it. You are limitless. The only limitation is in our mind. You can listen to different opinions and perspectives, but at the end of the day, you have to trust yourself and believe in your own unique capabilities. Once you start doing this– everything can start to change." On a personal level, I have been let down on so many occasions, but I refuse to stay there. I was able to overcome the negative energy that was thrown at me by thinking positively and working on myself to get better. The process can be slow, and there can be many failures and obstacles to overcome, but the right mindset can

push you through. If you spend time every day retraining your thought process, developing a real awareness of your thought patterns, both negative and positive, and consciously restructuring them so that your focus shifts to the good elements in your life, you will unleash your true potential. You will be able to tackle any amount of adversity, feel genuine joy and peace every day, and take steps toward achieving success with unfaltering confidence in yourself and your choices. 4. Be passionate. The courage to fulfill your vision, live your values and set higher standards comes from passion. When passion is mixed with talents, uncommon energy kicks in. Passionate beings always pay detailed attention to what is happening around their surroundings. Be attentive when someone is speaking. Give your full

attention, and don't become distracted with yourself or something else. By so doing, you may learn something from them. 5. Be authentic. Authenticity is the alignment of head, heart, and mind-- thinking, feeling, and doing the same thing--consistently. You'll agree with me that originality is the beauty of life. You cannot unleash your potentials if you are not authentic. When you improve your knowledge and skills, you enhance your potential thereby opening doors or opportunities to better and higher success will come to you. Thus, focus on building and growing yourself. In conclusion, I believe that nobody wants to live life with regrets, and no one wants to go through the journey with limited potential. It is time for you to take charge of your life and start living life with your full potential. "You can become and accomplish anything in life! Your successes, greatness, and potential are determined by you alone; and all of the characteristics necessary to achieve your goals and dreams already lie within you. Our success and potential is not determined by talent or ability, knowledge or money, race or gender, or even circumstance or setting – it is created, developed, and determined from within ourselves."

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GTBank Reports Profit Before Tax Of N231.7bn In 2019

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uaranty Trust Bank plc has released its audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges. A review of the results shows positive performance across all financial indices, reaffirming the bank’s position as one of the most profitable and well managed financial institutions in Nigeria. Profit before tax stood at N231.7 billion, representing a growth of 7.5 percent over N215.6 billion recorded in the corresponding year ended December 2018. The bank’s loan book grew by 19.0 percent from N1.262 trillion in December 2018 to N1.502 trillion in December 2019, while customers’ deposits increased by 11.4 percent to N2.533 trillion from N2.274 trillion in December 2018.

The bank maintained a well-structured and diversified balance sheet with total assets and shareholders’ funds closing at N3.759 trillion and N687.3 billion respectively. Full Impact Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) remained very strong, closing at 22.5 percent. In terms of assets q u a l i t y, N P L r a t i o improved to 6.5 percent in December 2019 from 7.3 percent in December 2018 while Cost of Risk (COR) remained flat at 0.3 percent. Complementing the improvement noted in NPLs, the bank maintained adequate loan loss coverage of 126.6 percent for Lifetime Credit Impaired Loans (NPLs) compared to 105.1 percent recorded in December 2018. “At GTBank, we exist to provide excellent service to our customers and generate the returns that our shareholders expect.

Our strong financial points but also leaves performance in 2019 them better after every demonstrates that we are interaction,” he said. delivering on both fronts. Guaranty Trust Bank plc We achieved healthy continues to be best-ingrowth across all our class in the Nigerian major businesses despite banking industry in v a r y i n g d e g r e e s o f terms of financial ratios uncertainty and volatility, i.e. Post-Tax Return on and we are making Equity (ROAE) of 31.2 progress in positioning percent, Post-Tax Return our business for long- on Assets (ROAA) of 5.6 term growth in the face of percent, and Cost to a r a p i d l y c h a n g i n g Income ratio of 36.1 competitive landscape,” percent. These ratios Segun Agbaje, managing reflect the experienced director/CEO, Guaranty m a n a g e m e n t , a n d Trust Bank plc, said. efficient balance sheet “Underpinning our strong structure coupled with financial performance is operational efficiency of our commitment to being the bank. there for our customers The bank is proposing when it matters most. That final dividend of N2.50k is why, powered by the per unit of ordinary share fundamental strength of held by shareholders in our brand, and guided by addition to interim our strategy of putting our dividend of 30k per unit customers at the centre of o f o r d i n a r y s h a r e everything we do, we will bringing total dividend continue to design and for 2019 final year to deliver financial services N2.80k per ordinary that not only solves our share. customers’ real pain www.thebossnewspapers.com


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SEC Reiterates Commitment To Curb Ponzi Schemes

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he Securities and E x c h a n g e Commission (SEC) has restated its resolve to ensure that illegal fund managers in the country are not allowed to operate. This was stated in Abuja last weekend by the Acting Director General of the SEC, Mary Uduk. Represented by the head, o ff i c e o f t h e C h i e f Economist, Okechukwu Umeano, Uduk said the enforcement department of the Commission has intensified efforts to close these ponzi schemes and prosecute the promoters. According to her, “Also, the Commission continues to create awareness through various media to educate investors about these schemes and urge people to avoid putting money into them. It is an ill wind that blows no one any

good. “The SEC has introduced a lot of innovative processes to clean up the market and make it easier and safer for investors. Some of these measures and processes include the E-Dividend and Direct Cash Settlement and regularisation of multiple accounts among others. “Other activities of the SEC such as Risk Based Supervision, encouraging automation, strengthening self-regulatory organizations (SROs) are all geared towards a better market and in turn improved investor confidence”. Uduk said the Commission remains committed to its core mandate of protecting investors and assures the general public that it shall perform this function in line with extant securities legislation.

“We advise prospective investors to cross check properly before patronising any fund manager. Information about registered entities and investment schemes approved by the Commission can be found on the Commissions website or at any of the Commission’s offices” she stated. The Acting DG expressed the optimism that the market will have a positive year, and thanked the Central Bank of Nigeria for its actions in pushing down sovereign yields and helping funds flow to the equities market thereby reducing the crowding out of corporate from the debt market. “Their actions in the area of foreign exchange management and how they respond to rising

inflation will play a huge role in determining market performance. H o w e v e r, w e h a v e confidence in their ability to do what is best for the economy. “Having said all these, the SEC will continue to do its bit to ensure our market continues to grow. We will keep engaging eligible companies to list, government to ensure that government assets are sold through the market, and removal of the disincentives to investing in the Nigerian Capital Market “The Commission remains committed to its core mandate of protecting investors and assures the general public that it shall perform this function in line with extant securities legislation” she added.

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Nestle Proposes N45 Final Dividend

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estlé Nigeria Plc has released its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2019. The company posted revenue of N283.9 billion, recording 6.6percent growth over the preceding year. The company’s gross profit for the year 2019 stood at N 127.6 billion, compared to N113.9 billion in the year 2018. The company posted profit before income tax (PBT) of N71.2billion in 2019 against N59.7billion in 2018; while it posted Profit After Tax (PAT) of N45.6 billion for the year 2019 versus N43billion during the preceding year. In addition to N25 per share interim dividend already paid, the Board proposed an additional

dividend of N45 per share making for a total dividend of N70 for 2019. This proposed dividend will be submitted for approval at the company’s Annual General Meeting on 2nd June 2020. “In 2019, we reaffirmed our market leadership by delivering increased profits and dividends to shareholders. We achieved this by responding speedily to consumer preferences, by offering product innovation and improving our distribution channels. Our high-performing team adapted quickly to changing consumer expectations by adopting new ways of delighting our consumers in the market place,” said Mauricio Alarcon, Managing Director and

CEO of Nestlé Nigeria Plc. The company enhanced its portfolio with new products including MAGGI Signature seasoning mixes adapted to consumer tastes and cuisine across the country. CERELAC Junior fortified with iron was also launched to help meet the nutrition needs of preschool children. On the 2020 outlook, Alarcon said, “We will continue to focus on the innovation and the renovation of our products and on rolling out new solutions and services in response to changing consumer needs. This will prepare us for the challenges ahead while we partner

with key stakeholders for the growth of the local economy”. “With society looking more to business to improve social amenities, Nestlé Nigeria will continue to invest in creating shared value by improving livelihoods in the communities closest to our business operations. This is in line with our purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. We will also drive new initiatives to empower our people to deliver outstanding results for themselves, for the organisation and for society,” Alarcon stated.

Pay On Demand Solutions Are Driving New Wave Of Digital - Mastercard

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astercard on Tuesday Mastercard’s report, based on released a white research from in-depth facepaper which shows to-face interviews with that if people are given the consumers across Nigeria, ability to pay only for what Kenya, and Uganda shows that they use, as they need it, a focused deployment of poverty levels will be solutions like Pay on Demand drastically reduced and i s k e y t o i n c r e a s i n g prosperity will be more connectivity. However, for these solutions to function possible across Africa. The paper, titled ‘Pay on effectively, it is critical that all Demand: The Digital Path to stakeholders – governments, F i n a n c i a l I n c l u s i o n ’ , Mobile Network Operators e x p l o r e s h o w d i g i t a l (MNOs), financial service inclusion has been proven to companies and regulators – provide better access to come together to unlock financial and other services. opportunities to enable greater This ultimately drives financial inclusion. financial inclusion which Technology and connectivity leads to improved economic enabled by MNOs initially possibilities for individuals m a d e d i g i t a l i n c l u s i o n possible. Mobile devices and businesses.

became a viable instrument of digital inclusion when prepaid plans allowed individuals to recharge for as low as 10 cents at a time. C u r r e n t l y, p r e p a i d connections are at 98.8 percent in Kenya, 97.5 percent in Nigeria, and 99.1 percent in Uganda with smartphone penetration in Africa projected to reach 66 percent by 2025, up from 36 percent in 2018. Pay on

Demand applies the same principle for goods ranging from mobile phones to solar panels, water filters or laundry machines. The model, often underpinned by the Internet of Things (IoT), further bridges the ownership divide by p r o v i d i n g a ff o r d a b l e services and assets, driving the next wave of inclusion by keeping people connected.

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UBA Grows Profit By Most In Three Years As Interest And Non-Interest Income Sees Turnaround

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ier-one lender United Bank for Africa (UBA) grew profit by the most since 2016 after turning the corner to record improvements in both income and non-interest income last year. The bank made N89.09bn in profit in 2019, 13.33 percent more than it did in the year before and the fastest bottom-line growth since a 21.14 percent growth four years ago. The expansion followed impressive growth in noninterest income by 21.3 percent to N124.42bn last year compared to a decline in 2018, while despite a challenging interest environment, UBA was able to deliver 7.9 percent growth in net interest income also coming from a decline last year. “The year 2019 was a very remarkable one for UBA given the adverse market developments. Nonetheless, we achieved sizable growth in balance sheet and earnings, even as we reposition the bank for the future,” said Kennedy Uzoka, GMD/CEO, UBA. Net interest income growth was propelled by a 7.8 percent and 13.9 percent growth in interest income from corporate loans and investment securities respectively, as well as a 4.0 percent cost of funds driven by UBA’s

stable retail deposits, the bank said, noting improvements in its cost efficiency. UBA’s Cost-to-income ratio declined to 62.7 percent compared to 64 percent in 2018. Notably, gross earnings of the lender crossed the halfa-trillion naira mark to N559bn, while total assets also crossed the N5trn mark for the first time to hit N5.6trn. Operating income rose by 12.4 percent to N346.29bn while operating expenses rose 10 percent to N217.17bn. Following CBN’s mandate for increased lending by banks in the country, UBA’s impairment charges rose 303 percent to N18.252bn. UBA’s gross loan and advances rose almost 20 percent to N2.15trn while customer deposits rose 14.4 percent to N3.83bn.

The Group recorded a 0.8 percent cost-of-risk reflecting our strict credit and underwriting standards, which has helped to keep Group NPL at 5.3 percent and 2.5 percent for the parent bank, said Ugo Nwaghodoh, UBA Group CFO. “As we will continue to pursue a cautious loan growth strategy in 2020, we have strategically maintained strong capital adequacy and liquidity ratios at 23.4 percent and 43.9 percent respectively, ensuring sufficient headroom for growth,” Nwaghodoh said. The 2019 profit of N89.1billion, translates to 16.2 percent return on average equity (RoAE) compared to the previous year’s 15.2 percent. A high ROAE means UBA is creating more

income for each naira of shareholders’ equity. However the UBA’s efficiency in generating income from asset dipped slightly as Return o n Av e r a g e A s s e t (ROAA) dropped to 1.7 percent compared to 1.8 percent in 2018. The Bank has proposed a final dividend of 80 kobo for every 50 kobo ordinary share, bringing the total dividend for the financial year ended December 31, 2019 to N1.00. A c c o r d i n g t o information on Bloomberg, dividend yield for the bank shares, priced at N6.7 per unit as of Friday, stands at 12.69 percent. This is based on the 20 kobo interim dividend last reported.

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COBANK Nigeria is teaming up with Linda Ikeji to host the latest edition of ‘Selfmade Woman Conference’, an empowerment programme of Ikeji. Linda Ikeji started S e l f m a d e Wo m a n Conference in 2013 as an advocacy project with the sole aim to mentor and provide financial empowerment to young female entrepreneurs or aspiring ones. “ S e l f m a d e Wo m a n Conference”, which is in the second edition will hold on April 25, 2020, in Lagos. Linda who has been dubbed the number one blogger in Africa held the first edition of the conference in April 2017 with over 3,000 young women in attendance.

She has over the years used her voice and platform to encourage young Nigerian women to be financially independent and resourceful while providing funding and support for them to kick start their businesses. Since 2015, Linda Ikeji has given N30million of her own personal money to empower over 40 female entrepreneurs, with quite a few of them going on to have successful small scale businesses. Speaking about the 2020 edition, Linda said she took time off the conference so as to plan better and she had to attend to her new role as a mother. ‘I am very passionate about women and very inspired by successful women. I want more women to believe in themselves, fight for their

dreams, be financially independent, believe that there is nothing they cannot accomplish. The conference is to mentor and inspire women with dreams and aspirations”, she said. Speaking further, Linda said, “It seems the world is more skewed towards making a man more successful than women, or at least that is the narrative most of our generation was given. So, those of us who have broken through the myth has the duty to take as many other women as possible with us. We need more women to succeed. We need more women to head conglomerates. We need more women making an impact. We

need more women shattering tables.” Linda appreciates ECOBANK for coming on board the project. “Having ECOBANK on board the project is so heartwarming. It is like coming together of like minds. Now we can make ‘Selfmade Woman Conference’ bigger and better”, she concluded.

VFD Launches App To Change Face Of Virtual Banking In Nigeria

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FD Microfinance Bank has launched V, a fully digital one-stop platform, to bring banking to the doorsteps of both banked and unbanked Nigerians and revolutionize the face of banking in the country, it said Wednesday at the launch of the product in Lagos. V by VFD will allow users open a fully functional bank account and carry out transactions in less than five minutes at zero cost, no hidden charges and from the comfort of their mobile phones, the micro lender said. The unveiling of the product said to be Nigeria’s first truly virtual bank comes as high

maintenance fees and bankrelated charges weigh on bank customers in the country, where as many as 25-40 million people use smartphones. “At the heart of what we do is the customer, hence, we ensured V is built around the users,” said Azubike Emodi, MD/CEO, VFD Microfinance Bank. Emodi said the app will give users better oversight of their account activities than is currently available. Among other things, features on the application allow customers create a budget and spending limits, categorize and track expenses, generate and share payment receipt, pay

bills, buy airtime, in addition to making transfers across banks in the country and receiving payments. V also allows users to make cardless withdrawals on ATMs, create fixed deposit accounts and target savings which earn attractive interest with all activities secured by top-notch security systems, VFD Microfinance Bank said. It also said early adopters including SMEs and retail customers have applauded the stress-free banking interaction, flexible investment plan and financial discipline the app allows. The V app is available on

android and apple app stores and other channels to support the product like internet banking would be rolled out shortly, VFD Microfinance Bank said.

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Tammy Abraham Wins Premier League Player Of The Year and Young Player Of The Year EVENTS

Glamour As Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal Emerges 2020 Silverbird Man of the Year

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My Career Don Dey Die! - Vector

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amous Nigerian rapper, Olarenwaju Ogunmefun also known as Vector has disclosed that his career as a musician is dying. The 35 year old announced on Twitter that his career was dying after a follower who asked why his account isn’t verified yet. See their conversation below:

Davido Opens Social Media Account For His 2 Million Naira Dog

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ward winning artiste, Davido is at it again but this time, it has nothing to do with Chioma or his baby mamas. The singer who just bought a french bulldog identified as 30thefrenchy has just opened an Instagram page for his pet. On his Instagram story, the Omobabaolowo crooner posted a picture of the dog who he claims to be the newest member of the 30 Billion Gang family . Davido added that the French dog who already has over 2000 followers on Instagram does not speak the french language but is richer and cuter than others. It was discovered that 30thefrenchy is worth #2million and Davido is really crazy about him. www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Mompha Acquires New Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle Viii Bespoke 2020

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smaila Mustapha aka Mompha, has showed off his new Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle Viii Bespoke 2020, in a new social media post. According to him, he is the first African to own the ride, and its one of just 50 produced worldwide. Showing of the new whip he wrote; “Rolls Royce Wraith Eagle Viii Bespoke 2020 1 of 50 First African Man worldwide to own it, Hurt their Feelings"

Tammy Abraham Wins Premier League Player Of The Year and Young Player Of The Year

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h e l s e a s t r i k e r, Tammy Abraham has made history by becoming the first footballer to win both the English Premier League player of the year and young player of the year. The Nigerian Chelsea No. 9 was honoured at the awards ceremony at the London Football awards and this now marks the

beginning of a very interesting career for the soccer star. We have some photos of T a m m y Abraham from the awards below:

MI Abaga Quits Chocolate City, Announces Self-Owned Label, 'Incredible Music'

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n Friday, March 6, 2020, MI Abaga announced the end of his 13-year association with Chocolate City. He has also announced the start of his new selfowned record label, Incredible Music. On Incredible Music, MI Abaga has released his 10th studio project, Judah The EP – it is also his first release under Incredible

M u s i c . Yo u m i g h t remember that on September 13, 2019, Pulse Nigeria exclusively revealed that MI Abaga had vacated his position as the CEO of Chocolate City. This came after Chocolate City announced its deal with Warner Music. Audu Maikori stepped back into the role which he vacated in 2015.

In 2007, MI Abaga joined Chocolate City and in 2015, he assumed the role of CEO. Under the label, he released nine projects – five albums, three mixtapes and one playlist. In 2008, he released his criticaly acclaimed and impactful debut, Talk About It. In 2010, he released his magnus opus, MI2: The Movie. www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Glamour As Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal Emerges 2020 Silverbird Man of the Year Story: Eric Elezuo

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Mrs. Opral Benson and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce

t was a combination of class, glamour, pomp and pageantry as the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, was declared the Silverbird Man of the Year in a well attended event that paraded the nobles of Nigeria’s political, economic and social platforms. Held at the prestigious Convention Centre of the prestigious Eko Hotels weekend, the annual event also honoured many other prominent Nigerians in various categories. The quartet of Pa Alfred Rewane, former Senate President, Dr. Chuba Okadigbo, a former Chairman of the defunct Nigeria People’s Party, Pa Adediran Ogunsanya, Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, were considered for the Post Humous award while the Personality of the year award went to AVM A. O. Jolasimi and foremost comedian, Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, otherwise known as Alibaba. Others who received awards of honour on the night were Mrs. Patience Torlowei, who got the Designer of the year award and Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for the Extraordinary Personality award. Other personalities that graced the event with their www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

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Cross Session of dignitaries

presence were Chief Bode George, Publisher Vanguard Newspapers, Sir Sam Amuka; Mr. Bismarck Rewane, Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua, Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (rtd), Mr. Tony Okoroji, Mrs. Oprah Benson, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Princess Adenrele Adeniran

Ogunsanya, Prince Bisi Olatilo, Prince Lana Adesida, Hon. Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba, Mr. Obaro Odeghe, Chief Ernest Ndukwe, Mrs. Yeye R e w a n e , M r. D a n n y kioupouroglou and wife and Alhaji Danladi Bukola among many others. Mr. Tony Okoroji

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DIG Abdulmajid Ali and Chief Bode George

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Senator Ben Murray-Bruce and Senator Florence Ita-Giwa

Sir Sam Amuka and Mike Ozekhome SAN

Prince Lana Adesida, Prince Bisi Olatilo and Guy Murray-Bruce

Chief Ernest Ndukwe, Chief Nwakwesili and wife and Chief Iju Tony

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Alibaba and his wife

Mallam Danladi Bako with Gen. Ike Nwanchukwu (rtd)

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Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua, Mallam Danladi Bako and Sir Sam Amuka

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa

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The Classy 35th Birthday Party Of Real Estate Expert, Ololade Abuta In Lagos Story: Eric Elezuo

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he Oak Event Centre, situated in Lekki area of Lagos, was on lock down over the weekend when Nollywood stars and other personalities gathered to celebrate the 35th birthday of beautiful realtor and Managing Director of Gracias Alstonia Parkhust, Ololade Valentina Abuta Shinning like a million stars, the birthday girl made a grand entry decked in a glowing red outfit alongside her handsome son who appeared in an agbada outfit with a red cap. The hard-working lady pulled all her weight to ensure that the classy event was well attended. With delectable and beautiful actress, Iyabo Ojo, solidly behind her and leading other celebrities, the event was fun filled. The highest point of the ceremony was www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Princess Toyin Kolade

the creative manner the wondrous estate-shaped cake was cut, eliciting screams and applause from gorgeously dressed guests and this was followed with a pulsating performance by King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM 1) The happy atmosphere was further spiced with ceaseless flow of mouth- watering dishes and exotic drinks. In attendance were Hon. Hakeem Adeyemi, Aare Bashir Fakorede, Arc. Biodun Fari-Arole, Global Excellence Publisher, Mayor Akinpelu, Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st and City People Magazine Publisher, Mr Seye Kehinde. www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Toyin Abraham and Iyabo Ojo

Hon.Princess Akeem Adeyemi and Hon. Bimbo Ajinisoro Toyin Kolade

Yinka Oropo, Aare Bashir Fakorede & guest

Pastor Femi Faseru

Aisha Lawal, Dayo Amusan and Mide Martins

Celebrant and Nollywood Actresses

Aare Bashir Fakorede and a guest

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Arch Princess Biodun Toyin Faari-Arole Kolade ( right) & friend

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Possible Means To Make Your Girlfriend Miss You

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he need to love and be loved is a necessity in human. It cannot be taken from the human lives. This made the need to be wanted, needed and of course, missed a very important of man. Therefore, in a relationship, you'd want your presence to mean so much to your partner and that they'd long to see you again on the occasions when you cant be with them. But not every boyfriend, husband or partner as special as this special to their babes. If you want your girlfriend to always look forward to your return with fond expectation,

these are five things you have to regularly do. 1. A unique experience Give her an experience that she can remember only you by. But be unique with the experience and you can even make it something she has never done before or something she has always wanted to try but just never got around to it. 2. Do other things You do not always have to be with her. Hang out with your friends, pursue other interests and encourage her to do same. Being her boyfriend does not mean she has to be tied to her apron or her to yours. Give her an opportunity to

actually miss you. 3. Send her a song that is special to you This is one of the most romantic ways of making her miss you. Just send her song that she knows is special to you and the lyrics should hold some meaning. In time, the song will become 'your' song, i.e, a song that means so much to you both. And before you know it, hearing that song anywhere will remind her of you all the time. 4. Make her laugh You need to realise the importance of giving up your hard guy stance once you get into a relationship.

Being unemotional, or deciding to bury that side of you underneath is not ideal. If you want your girlfriend or babe or wife to miss you and constantly want you by her side, make her laugh as many times as you can. All the time. 5. Treat her well If you treat her well, give her unrivalled and undivided attention, she will always feel special with you, and will associate that feeling of being wanted with you. As a result, she will always want to spend time with you and when she can't, she will pine so much for it.

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African Prints: Best Attire to Switch Your Work Wears By: Ajibade Morakinyo

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n this part of the world, the corporate ready-towear outfits has been so identified with the white collar job, while the African Prints are associated with Friday and Owanbe. This has made the love of many wax cold for African prints to the point that some don’t even have a single African Prints wears in their wardrobe. All visible in it is several luxurious designers. Little did many know that the African fabric and prints can be used to substitute these designers by carving them into your preferred style for work through a trusted fashion d e s i g n e r o r t a i l o r. Recently, African fabric and prints are seen on global runways of fashion shows with several designers coming out to defile the odd of relegating the fabric to only Fridays and Owanbe activities. Adire, Ankara, Aso-Oke and many others are taking the face of fashionistas from their usual designers, as they can are classically and stylishly transformed to workwear; leaving employers speechless since it even looks better than usual corporate wears. Here are some that are mind-blowing and that can switch your work wears. www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Echoes from the Lagoon By Babatunde Jose

“And do not kill yourselves, surely God is most Merciful to you.” - (Quran 4:29) he Lagoon beckons the distressed, the frustrated and the depressed. It calls on the down-in-thedumps to come end it all and leave this unjust and unfair world; a world where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, impoverished and immersed in want and perpetual debt. Taking stock of his lot in life, the depressed begins to contemplate checking out and ending it all. That is when the ‘Lagoon’ beckons and offers a final solution. But is it the solution? For millions, the lagoon beckons; a metaphor for a call to commit. . . . It calls to the depressed, frustrated, distressed and dispirited who having lost all hope have gotten to their tethers’ end and would contemplate suicide as a final solution. There are however, many other causative factors to the incidence of suicide and this would include the mental state of the person. There are many who are clinically depressed and are prone to suicidal instincts. People who take their own lives as a result of failed amorous affairs, family matters or even failure in expectations. Many are who leave notes while others just take the plunge to save face after a terrible emotional fiasco. What has led to the spate of suicide in our clime? Why take one’s life? Why jump into the Lagoon? It is the

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culmination of the vagaries and vicissitudes of the time; economic hardship on a scale never experienced before and still getting worse. There is abject poverty in the land and it now walks about naked without any shame, let or hindrance. People are now picking food from the proverbial dustbin with careless abandon; and the rich are not excluded as many harbor their own problems; many are in debt and at the mercy of AMCON. The rich too are crying and many are not only distressed but depressed. The cheap money has stopped coming in; proceeds of corruption, graft, grand larceny and outright pen robbery. The banks have been knocking at their doors and they have nowhere to run. AMCON has become more radical in its approach at debt recovery and properties are being seized. Yet we are the biggest economy in Africa; this unfortunately is not reflected in the socio-economic wellbeing of our people because we practice a ‘witchcraft’ economy which

records 2% growth without c o m m e n s u r a t e development. No light; we wallow in constant darkness, failed leadership and clueless followers; lopsided political structure and an unjust and inequitable authoritative allocation of values. Our revolution of rising expectations has become one of rising frustration. The ‘lagoon’ therefore beckons. Many have answered the call of the lagoon but are unsung and unknown. Many deaths are not natural and unreported. Many are buried without proper death certificate which is often procured for a fee. Records of death and cause of death are not properly kept, which is a sad commentary on the administration of birth and death in our country. ‘Echoes from the Lagoon’ is a play, written by late Rasheed Gbadamosi, which described the society at the time it was written. The play portrays a corrupt society and the presence of clan stratification, oppression and greed. The society has

not changed from that time. Rather, it is now worse. Low-income countries have the highest burden of suicide. Suicides are associated with psychopathologies such as d e p r e s s i o n a n d hopelessness. Poverty, scarcity and economic crisis are associated with psychopathologies. During economic crisis which cause problems in the banking sector and downturns in stock markets, bankruptcies, house repossessions and rises in unemployment and hopelessness, suicide become very rampant. Hopelessness is common in people living in slums, with young males under 30 at greater risk than any other group. Most religions are against suicide and regard it as a sinful act. According to the theology of the Roman Catholic Church, suicide is objectively a sin which violates the commandment “Thou shall not kill”. The Catholic Church used to deny suicides a Catholic funeral mass and

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Sermon burial. However, the Church has since changed this practice. The gravity and culpability for that sin changes based on the circumstances surrounding that sin. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2283 states: “We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.” Paragraph 2282 also points out that “Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.” The Orthodox Church shows compassion, however, on those who have taken their own life because of mental illness or severe emotional stress. Studies have shown that suicide levels are highest among the retired, unemployed, impoverished, divorced, the childless, urbanites, empty nesters, and other people who live alone. Suicide rates also rise during times of economic u n c e r t a i n t y. ( A l t h o u g h poverty is not a direct cause, it can contribute to the risk of suicide). People living in the most disadvantaged communities face the highest risk of dying by suicide. A report, Dying from Inequality, Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Suicidal B e h a v i o r : S U M M A RY REPORT 2017 showed that financial instability and

poverty can increase suicide risk. Suicide is a major inequality issue. It was found that income and unmanageable debt, unemployment, poor housing conditions, and other socioeconomic factors all contribute to high suicide rates. Tackling inequality should be central to suicide prevention and support should be targeted to the poorest groups who are likely to need it most. Every year close to 800 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally in 2016. Suicide is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world. In fact, over 79% of global suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2016. Countries with higher levels of poverty have higher levels of pediatric and adolescent suicide, according to research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Conference & Exhibition. The rate of suicide by firearm also increased as poverty levels increased, researchers found. Allah says: “take not life, which Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: Thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom. (Quran 6:151); “Nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: For verily Allah

hath been to you Most Merciful! (Quran 4:29). There are two forms of suicide, the formal which involves the actual carrying out of the deed such as hanging, firearms, stabbing, electrocution, ingesting poison, self immolation, running under a moving train and jumping into the Lagoon. There is however a passive suicide which involves committing acts that might lead to death or doing those things which one ought not to do that might eventually leads to death such as starving oneself to death. There is however an extreme form or ‘X-Suicide’ commonly referred to as mass suicide when a group of people simultaneously kill themselves. In March 1997, California’s 911 emergency line dispatchers got a call in Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego. When police turned up at the location on March 26, they found the bodies of 39 people, all dressed identically and neatly tucked in their bunk beds, with plastic bags tied around their heads. All of them were members of the eccentric Heaven’s Gate cult. The Movement For The Restoration Of The Ten Commandments Of God (MRTCG) in Kanungu, Uganda was a fringe Catholic group convinced that the world would come to an end when the millennium calendar began. However, when the world did not end as expected, followers began to doubt their leaders. So a second date for the ‘Judgment Day’ was

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announced: March 17. On March 17, 2000, some 300 followers — including 78 children – headed for a last celebration before salvation hit them. Instead, what happened was mass selfimmolations and poisoning. In the 1970s, the self-styled prophet Jim Jones established a “socialist utopia” community in Guyana named Jonestown. In November 1978, that Jonestown pretty much ended when the outside would discover the rotting bodies of 918 followers of P e o p l e ’s Te m p l e . T h e Jonestown massacre is the greatest human-made tragedy in the history of the United States, topped only by the September 11 terrorist attack. A Muslim is obligated to exercise patience at times of affliction and fight injustice to the best of his ability. He is not commanded to commit suicide to escape afflictions. Barka Juma’at and a happy weekend

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ominic Calvert-Lewin has signed a new five-year contract with Everton through to the summer of 2025. News emerged on Thursday evening that an agreement was close and a little under 24 hours later the deal was announced. He is the second Everton player in a week to commit to new terms after Mason Holgate signed a new five-year deal on Tuesday. Speaking to the official site, the 23-year-old said: “This is a very proud day. It has been enjoyable for me since the start at Everton and I am enjoying every day coming into training and every minute on the football pitch. “The turnaround we have had since December is

fantastic and the belief in ourselves we are back up there and can compete with the best is well and truly there. “And with a man like Carlo leading the ship it makes it easier for us to believe in the process".

Edo Introduces VAR to Nigerian Football

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he Video Assistant Referee will be introduced to Nigerian football for the first time, when the 2020 National Sports Festival begins on March 22, courtesy of the Edo State Government. With the development, the football event of the festival tagged Edo 2020 will be officiated by referees, assistant referees and VAR, the first in the history of Nigerian football.

It was learnt that as part of efforts to host a memorable festival and provide worldclass sporting facilities across the state, the Edo State Government installed VAR technology at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, in line with global standard of football officiating. One of the workers in the VAR Room Chinedu Agbo told our correspondent that the VAR cameras could also capture happenings

outside the stadium. “ T h e h i g h resolution cameras i n s i d e t h e VA R Room have a capacity that can capture activities five kilometers within the stadium. So, it invariably means that the VAR technology at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium is amongst the best anywhere in the world,” Agbo stated.

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amie Vardy is set to hand Leicester City a major boost with his return to the starting lineup against Aston Villa on Monday night (8pm). The striker has been out for the past couple of matches with a recurrence of a calf problem sustained over the festive period. City beat Birmingham City 1-0 in the FA Cup last time out to end their run of four games without a win in the Premier League. They suffered a shock 1-0 reverse at the League's bottom side Norwich City before, the other match Vardy missed. He sat out the 2-1 and 3-0 wins at West Ham United and Newcastle United respectively over the New Year period because of the calf issue. City boss Brendan Rodgers says he is fit and ready to

return to the team and help them end their poor run of form when Villa head to the King Power Stadium. "He’s looked very good in training," Rodgers told LeicestershireLive . "He’s still on track for Monday. "The team, collectively, the confidence is really good. “We got back to close to our identity on Wednesday." www.thebossnewspapers.com


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he rate at which the Nigeria Police identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara,

exert ex-judicial killing against the Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant

younger population has become very Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu

alarming. Only last weekend, the death of Mukaila, were captured on tape killing two

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Remo stars of Sagamu player, Tiamiyu boys in the Igando area, in broad day light, Kazeem aka Kaka, was reported. Kaka had who were alleged to be phone thieves. been pushed off a moving vehicle and was Many months after, the matter has remained crushed to death by another on rushing under the carpet. vehicle along the Sagamu expressway.

Earlier in July, Inspector Ogunyemi

And as if there is a silent collusion, the Olalekan and Sergeant Godwin Orji, both police authorities immediately defended attached to the police Anti-Cultism Squad, their own, saying that Kaka jumped off on were pencilled for killing one Johnson his own to evade arrest

while on his way to watch a football match

The Ogun State Police Public Relations in Lagos. Much as the police assured that Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told the world justice will be done, the matter still remains that Kazeem died after he jumped off a unresolved. moving police truck while attempting to These are just a few of the lot as men of the evade arrest and interrogation. He also said Nigeria Police, especially SARS and antiKazeem was arrested for wearing army cultism squad, continue to snuff the life out fatigues.

of young victims. It appears that once a

Hear him:

young man appears flashy or rich; he must

“A police inspector attached to Zonal be a fraudster, better known as ‘yahoo Intervention Squad, Obada-Oko, in yahoo’. Abeokuta, was said to have received

Notwithstanding campaigns aimed at

information about the deceased that he was ending SARS and the Vice President’s always putting on military apparel knowing clampdown on the outfit, the harassments fully well that he was not a military and killings have failed to stop, but personnel.

increased in proportion.

“Based on the information, the inspector As usual, after the brutal death of Kazeem, went to Sagamu and saw the deceased the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adamu putting on a military cap consequent upon Mohammed ordered the disbandment of which he got him arrested,” the police SARS satellite offices nationwide. spokesperson said.

How far those measures will go remain to be

But a witness to the murder, Sanni seen as every measure put in place to check Abubakar, said the police lied about how his the blood thirsty nature of most police friend was killed at the hands of personnel officers has so far not been fruitful. of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad One would think that a more stringent (SARS), and went ahead to tell the story of measure be applied. The type that will claim what transpired.

the position of a top ranking officer at the

While Nigerians continue to wonder at the misdeamour of his officers. By so doing, the kind of mentality that permits a uniform offense of these trigger happy officers will personnel to brazenly take the life of an be shared with their superiors, thereby innocent person, it still remains a mystery bringing in more monitoring. In this way, why a lie can be concocted by superior the superiors will be able to rein in their authorities to defend the murder. It can only flocks when they know that their jobs are on mean that the likes PPRO Abimbola the kind for their officers mistake. Oyeyemi is complicit to the atrocities, and It must not continue to be business as usual, should be made to explain why he fed the and lives of innocent youths continue to be world the half truth.

wasted while no one is punished.

Kazeem is not the only one as countless It’s time to save our youths

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other youths have met their untimely deaths in the hands of the men in black. Recall that in August 2019, four policemen

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