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DAPO ABIODUN’S HIGH OCTANE BIRTHDAY SHINDIG & THE OPENING OF 12 TEMPLE

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As was expected, it was world class, 5-star plus in all ramifications. The big boy dude known for his awesome taste and class, didn’t in anyway disappoint at all. Truth is, we had wanted to blast the pictures here and waited to get them, but alas we couldn’t lay hands on them pictures, so we have thought to give you the gist and paint you the happenstance as they occurred. The venue of the birthday was Dapo Abiodun’s new baby, 12 TEMPLE in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria. And like was expected, it was supremely well appointed. What else could one have expected though, for a place where the high and mighty, the tall and influential, the social juggernauts, the well heeled dandies and cognoscenti, the movers and shakers would converge, it had to be top notch, nearly 7-stars if need be. Those who came were all well impressed, so much so that the revebrations about the night has still not subsided. Building was painted immaculate white, decor was sumptuous and tasty, not gawdy at all. None of those overly “sexified” ladies looking for pickups were in attendance . All was classy and respectable. Those who came? Oooo yes, they came in droves and torrents. Like those in that class, dressed to the nines and in their various machines always having those subtle fun competition, that’s generally unspoken about, but quite obvious. They came looking yummy, just to celebrate their friend, Dapo Abiodun, who is renowned for being a perfect and uncompromising host with the mostest. Most probably his mantra for such parties could have been, take them to heaven and back. Those in attendance were the usual suspects of Moneybag, the well heeled, the connected, several members of the league of “strong and stand well-well gentlemen and ladies. The likes of Dr. Bolu Akin-Olugbade, Africa’s number 1 connoisseur of Rolls Royce, as he presently owns 7, as at the last count. Property czar with intimidating stature, Sir Olu Okeowo, who himself is saluted specially by the Rolls Royce Company was in attendance and he owns 6. Uncle Willie Anumudu od Globe Motors fame and his super stylish wife Nkiru Anumudu were there too, their own black Rolls Royce is one in town. Nkiru from what we learnt is on first name basis with some of the world’s renowned designers. Others in attendance, were the likes of the enfant terrible of Ekiti State and constant and consistent scourge of APC, the one the only “Prophet” and unrelenting political gadfly, Peter Ayodele Fayose; who was that dancing machine we say? Twas none other than the boss of SIFAX Grp and SAHCOL, the generous Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, the Duke of journalism himself and owner of This Day newspaper and Arise TV, Prince Nduka Obaigbena came too, and other like This Day Style Editor, Ruth Osime, lady of insurance, Adaobi Nwakuche, Skymitt Chairman and close buddy of birthday boy, Tayo Ayeni, style king himself, Eyimofe Stake, fashion retailing guru, Benny Obaze of Bevista, good friend of former military President, IBB & former boss of Lagos Polo Club, Francis Ogboro, boss of Oando, one and only Wale Tinubu, designer of note, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, former beauty queen, intact longest reigning queen ever, Ene Maya Lawani,  Governor of Gombe, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwanbo and very many others too plenty to mention. Heard the champagne, not your regular one at that, but exclusive blends and liquor flowed like it was mere water. Just ask and it would just materialise, no restrictions whatsoever. The gathering or better still mix was superb, the ambience and atmosphere top notch, food and drinks don’t even talk about it! Imagine a party that began at 10pm and was still rocking as at 4pm. Imagine those you never thought could glide and rock on the dance floor, doing so effortlessly and for a longwhile!!!! That’s just a little testimony about what the debonair and handsome boss of Heyden Oil and Gas could pull off or make happen.

 

Source: Maestro Media

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Governor Sanwo-Olu hosts dinner to celebrate Soyinka at 90

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, hosted a dinner at the State House on Tuesday to honour Noble Laurette, Prof Wole Soyinka, on his 90th birthday.

During the birthday dinner, Sanwo-Olu also unveiled a “special portrait” of the renowned playwright and novelist.

Sharing photos from the event on X.com, Sanwo-Olu wrote, “This evening, we had the honour of celebrating the 90th birthday of our esteemed Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

“It was a night of joy, memories, and inspiration as we celebrated his many contributions to literature and touched on how his humanity continues to inspire us all.

“The highlight of the evening was unveiling a special portrait of Prof., a true reflection of his enduring legacy.”

Sanwo-Olu further thanked Soyinka, saying, “We celebrate not just his 90 years of life but the countless lives he has inspired and continues to inspire.”

He added, “His Nobel Prize win many years ago opened the door for many to dream and believe that greatness is achievable. His works transcend time, touching hearts and minds across the globe.

“Thank you, Professor Wole Soyinka, for showing us that through resilience, creativity, and dedication, we can achieve greatness.”

The Nobel Laureate, who turned 90 years old on Saturday, July 13, was described as a shining light and national treasure by President Bola Tinubu.

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Police Investigate BLORD Group Boss, Linus Williams, Over Alleged Fraud

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The Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) of the Nigerian Police Force, National Cybercrime Center (NPF-NCCC), has launched an investigation into allegations against Linus Williams, the CEO of BLORD Group of Companies.

 

The inquiry has been extended to several entities under the BLORD umbrella, including BLORD REAL ESTATE LTD, BLORD JETPAYE LIMITED, and BILLPOINT TECHNOLOGY.

 

The investigation followed complaints that these companies were involved in a series of serious offences.

 

These include cryptocurrency fraud, aiding and abetting internet fraud, engaging in computer-related fraud, funding terrorism, and failing to comply with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regulatory frameworks.

 

In a statement released by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police emphasized their commitment to thorough and diligent investigations.

 

“Our cyber space in Nigeria must be safe and secure by all means. We are committed to achieving that,” Adejobi asserted.

 

He highlighted the critical importance of maintaining the integrity of Nigeria’s digital environment, indicating that no effort would be spared in ensuring that the allegations were meticulously investigated.

 

The allegations have come at a time when Nigeria is intensifying its efforts to combat cybercrime and enhance the security of its digital infrastructure.

 

The focus on regulatory compliance, particularly concerning the CBN Act, underscores the country’s commitment to upholding financial regulations and preventing illicit financial activities.

 

As the investigation unfolds, the FCID will continue to scrutinize the activities of BLORD Group of Companies and its affiliates.

 

The outcome of the probe is expected to have significant implications for the involved entities and the broader efforts to enforce cyber security and regulatory

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President Bola Tinubu Sacks NPA MD, Koko Bello

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President Bola Tinubu has sacked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko.

 

Koko became the NPA MD after Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman was suspended and later sacked by the Buhari administration over rift with the then Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

 

Meanwhile, Tinubu on Friday, July 12, 2024 approved the appointment of Dr. Abubakar Dantsoho as the new NPA MD.

 

The President has also approved the appointment of Senator Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

 

Dr. Dantsoho holds a Doctorate degree in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

 

Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing.

 

Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician.

 

He is a former Minister of State for Works and former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District.

 

The President says he expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved

industry outcomes.

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