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Our attention has been drawn to a reckless statement

credited to one Alhaji Fatai Diekola Oyedele in which

he claimed that he brought Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to

Osun and that he will send him back to Lagos.

2. We say that this claim is a fallacy of the highest

order and over estimation of his person and political


3. Rather than tell lie of the story, Alhaji Oyedele

should have shown modesty and tell the story as it is.

4. Alhaji Oyedele was brought into Rauf Aregbesola

Campaign Team when he was, like several others,

kicked out of PDP in 2006.

5. As at that time, Aregbesola was firmly on the ground

in Osun political firmament as he had done several

rounds of consultations with real political and May we

note that it amounted arrogance to say he would send

Ogbeni back to Lagos when he can not do a street

walk with him in Osogbo his hometown. If it is

popularity, Ogbeni has it because he has shown that he

was not selfish and greedy.

6. Aregbesola’s acceptability ratings was a soar away

as he put together, a most formidable campaign

organisation which he named Oranmiyan.

7. The Oranmiyan Movement which has members in all

parts of the state was launched epochally in Osogbo

despite the incumbent government’s machinations to

stop it.

8. Alhaji Diekola Oyedele and his ilk were still in PDP

all of these times battling to safe their membership

while some of them were out-doing each other in the

bid to stop Aregbesola as a mark of loyality to the PDP


9. The story of Rauf Aregbesola’s entry in to Osun

politics is far beyond the scope of some self serving

individuals whom Ogbeni gave leverage to, health and

political wise. It is immodest for Alhaji Oyedele to

make a claim which he is very far from as he was no

where near the setting which threw up Aregbesola.

10. Oyedele was a mere beneficiary of Ogbeni’s larger

heartedness and it is painful that he is turning round to

bite the finger that fed him.

Signed :

Mr Adelani Baderinwa,

Chief Press Sec to Osun Gov 2000 to 2003 and Former

SSA Information & Strategy to Governor Aregbesola.

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Controversial Sterling Bank caught in the act! CBN sanctions, parades officials for hoarding new naira notes [VIDEO]




Officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) have discovered N6 million of the new naira notes hoarded in Sterling Bank Plc, Ado Ekiti branch on Bank Road, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, having received the funds for over two weeks, THE WITNESS reports.


In a trending video on social media, seen by THE WITNESS, a man who identified himself as Oluwole Owoeye, a deputy director of CBN, while monitoring the distribution of the new naira notes in the state, was seen questioning the bank officials as to why they have not uploaded the funds into their Automated Teller Machines, (ATMs), despite having six of the machines in place.


The CBN director also announced a fine of N1 million for each day the fund was in the bank’s custody.


The CBN official said, “I am currently at Sterling Bank, on Bank Road as part of the new naira notes monitoring compliance with the guidelines by CBN. They have N6 million, which they collected from the bank for almost two weeks, they have not disbursed any. They said they are yet to configure their ATMs, I do not know why that and I have brought attention to the penalty clause of N1 million per day, because they have five ATMs here, they have no reason for keeping this money.


“The zonal service manager, Tunde Onipede promised that by 10:00am latest tomorrow (Monday), because I told him by latest 10:00 am I’ll be here and I want to see the machine dispensing this money.


“What is the name again? Olumide Owolabi (Service Manager, Ado) & Motunrayo Babayele. My name is Oluwole Owoeye and I am a deputy director of CBN.”



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FCMB Manager Arrested For Hoarding New Naira Notes



A manager of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) branch in Osogbo, Osun State capital, has been arrested for allegedly preventing Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) loaded with cash from dispensing money to customers.

The spokesperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission (ICPC), Azuka Ogugua, in a statement on Friday said the cash bundles were loaded into the ATMs while still wrapped, and as such, could not be dispensed through the machines

“The ICPC Compliance Team in Osogbo has busted an FCMB in Osogbo, Osun State, where some ATMs were loaded with cash with their wrappers un-removed, thus preventing the cash from being dispensed.

“The Team, therefore, directed that the wrappers be removed, and the cash loaded properly’.

Similarly, seven Point of Sale (POS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during the ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

The arrested persons are helping the Commission with information to assist investigations and bust any syndicates involved in the hoarding or sales of the redesigned notes.


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New naira: ICPC arrests Stanbic IBTC Bank manager over sabotage



The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), has arrested an official of Stanbic IBTC Bank in Abuja for alleged sabotage.

The ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogugua, said the development was in continuation of ICPC’s clampdown on elements frustrating efforts in making the redesigned Naira notes available to members of the public.

The bank official, who is the branch service head of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Deidei Branch in Abuja, was taken into custody for her deliberate refusal to upload cash into the branch’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) even when the cash was available and people were queuing at the ATM points.

The statement reads: “When the ICPC monitoring team stormed the bank at about 1:30pm on Friday to ensure compliance, and demanded explanation as to why all the ATMs were not dispensing cash, the team was informed by the branch’s head of operations that the bank just got delivery of the cash.

“However, facts available to the ICPC operatives indicated that the branch took delivery of the cash earlier around 11:58am and either willfully or maliciously refused to feed the ATMs with the cash.

“Against this backdrop, the ICPC team compelled the bank to load the ATMs with the redesigned Naira notes and ensured that they were all dispensing before arresting the culprit.

“The ICPC said investigations were still ongoing and the Commission will take appropriate actions as soon they are concluded.

“Similarly, seven Point of Sale (PoS) operators as well as a security guard were arrested during an ongoing exercise in Osun State for charging exorbitant commissions for cash.

“Investigations, however, revealed that they got the money from Filling Stations that collect new notes from fuel buyers, but they then resell the cash to the public at exorbitant rates.

“The arrested persons were helping the anti-graft commission with information to assist investigations and bust other syndicates involved in the hoarding and sales of the redesigned Naira notes,” the anti-graft agency said.


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