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Billionaire Femi Otedola Swims In Messy N54 Million Fraud….

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Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola, is enmeshed in a N54 MIllion scandal which has already landed him at Lagos High Court. Court papers at our disposal suggests that Oteldola, chairman of Zenon Oil and Forte Oil rented out a property belonging to another billionaire mogul, Chief Bode Akindele to Dr. Anthony Solomon, MD of Pharmacare Ltd, without following due process. The property in question is situated at 268C, Kofo Aboyomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Solomon, according to court papers, is alleging that Otedola got him to part with N54 Million to sublet the property to him under the pretense that he was the actual owner of the house and also under the guise that Akindele was in the know of the arrangement. The story , however , changed sometime in July 2011 when he uncovered that Akindele was not aware of the sublease :”Sometime in July ,2011, the claimant (Dr. Solomon ) discovered that the 1st defendant (Madandola) nineteen (19) months after the bank drafts were issued to the 1st defendant . The claimant subsequently discovered that the 1st defendant remitted only the sum of N8,000,000.00 (Eight Million naira) to the 2nd defendant and fraudulently withheld the remaining sums without remitting same to the 2nd defendant as rent for the property having collected the sum of N45, 000,000.00 from the claimant. Solomon disclosed all that and more in his statement of claim filed before the court by his Lawyer, Anthony Onwaeze of Doyin Rhodes-Vivour and Co Chambers. Consequently, he is asking for, among other things, that the High Court of Lagos mandates Otedola to restitue him for “General Damages against the 1st defendant (Zenon Oil) in the sum of N50, 000,000.00 for breach of contract ; interest on the sum of N24, 000, 000.00 paid to the 1st Defendant which funds withheld by the 1st Defendant foe 19 months at the rate of 21% per annum being loss of interest that would have accrued on the funds. Backing up his claims with a litany of receipts used for the payment as well as photographs of renovation work done on the property, the case , with suit No. LD/491/2009, will sure take a better shape in days ahead.

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Just In: President Tinubu approves N70,000 minimum wage

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President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers with a promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

 

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Gov. Zulum Clarifies Son’s Purported Killing Of Chinese National At Indian Nightclub

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The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has denied reports alleging that one of the sons has been arrested and sentenced to prison for the murder of some Indian citizens.

Reports has it that there were unverified rumours, especially on social media platforms, alleging that the first son of the governor, Umar Zulum Umara, killed the Chinese national during a fight at an Indian nightclub.

However, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media, Abdurrahman Ahmed Bundi, dismissed the reports in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, no son of the governor was arrested or charged with any crime.

The statement read, “attention of the Borno State Governor’s Media Unit has been drawn to rumours circulating that the son of the Borno State Governor has been arrested for the alleged murder of some Indian citizens.

“This misinformation was published in an online blog, Nairaland, titled “Son of Borno State Governor Murders Someone In India—Politics.” The blog claimed that the Governor also travelled to India, attempting to use diplomatic status to resolve the matter.

“It is on record that Governor Babagana Zulum was on a one-month vacation in Saudi Arabia for the 2024 Hajj and later travelled to Egypt to attend the annual ASUWAN forum conference in Cairo.

“The Media Unit would like to clarify and set the record straight that Nairaland and other online blogs have mischievously spread defamatory content without any speck of truth.

“We hereby warned Nairaland and all those who have spread the false information to pull down this misinformation from its website and platforms within the next 24 hours and offer an unreserved apology to Governor Zulum, his son, and the entire family, or risk legal action. The Governor shall also not hesitate to take legal action against any media outlet that continues to publicise this defamatory information on its platform.

“We would like to inform the public that none of Governor’s Zulum’s son was either arrested or charged with any crime, or involved in any unlawful activities anywhere.

“We urge the public to exercise caution when consuming and sharing information, particularly when it comes from unverified sources and blogs instead of credible media outlets.

“We enjoin all media organisations to engage in responsible journalism of truth and factual verification while recognising the potential harm and psychological trauma the spread of false information might have caused to the Governor’s family.”

 

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Over 600,000 Nigerians sought asylum abroad under Buhari – Report

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Over 600,000 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries between 2016 and 2023, which were years under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari was President from 2015 to 2023 and handed over to President Bola Tinubu who was sworn in on May 29, 2023, after winning in the general elections the same year.

According to a report released on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, by Statisense, a data collection organisation, of a total of 664,384 in eight years, 355,792 persons sought asylum between 2016 and 2019 while 308,592 sought asylum between 2020 and 2023.

On a year-by-year basis, 66,862 sought asylum in 2016, 91,924 in 2017, 84,624 (2018), 112,382 (2019), 73,233 (2020), 83,105 (2021), 83,402 (2022), and 68,852 in 2023.

The figures indicate a surge from the past years, as Statisense noted that within 12 years – 2004 to 2015 – only 204,791 Nigerians filed for asylum in other countries.

In total, 869,175 Nigerians filed for asylum in the last 20 years, notably from 2004 to 2023.

The report was posted on the organisation’s X.com handle @StatiSense, citing the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In another report shared by the organisation on Wednesday, it was stated that the Republic of Niger topped countries with the most Nigerian refugees in 2023 with about 200,497 Nigerians and a total of 1,268,464 Nigerian refugees between 2015 and 2023.

Niger, a border country, shares proximity with Nigeria’s north, where residents battle a spate of insecurity in the region ranging from banditry, terrorism and herdsmen-farmers crisis.

Another report also revealed that Nigerians topped the list of African countries who sought asylum in Canada in 2023 with about 10,111 asylum seekers followed by Kenya with 1,345.  It stated that 1,345 Nigerians however sought asylum in the United Kingdom and 5,136 in the United States of America.

Source: The Punch

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