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Governor Kwankwaso Finally Opened Up On Why They Chose Sanusi

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Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso yesterday opened up on why Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was chosen as the new Emir of Kano among the three princes who jostled for the throne.

Sanusi, a former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, was appointed on Sunday. He beat the two other contenders who were on the kingmakers’ nomination list, namely District Head of Gwale Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero and Wamban Kano Alhaji Abbas Sanusi. Protests erupted after the new emir’s name was announced, with bonfires being set up on some streets in Kano.
Speaking during the presentation of letter appointment to the new emir, the Kano State governor said Sanusi was chosen because of his exposure, competence and experience.
“God in his infinite mercy the name of his royal highness, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was among the three people nominated by the kingmakers,” Kwankwaso said, denying reports that Sanusi’s name was not on the list submitted by the kingmakers.
“We chose him because of his exposure, competence, experience and having lineage to the throne, as the culture and the norms of the emirate provided, the Kano state government decided to select him as the new emir of Kano.
“As you have seen and heard, our meeting of yesterday (Sunday) June 8 followed the previous one held on Saturday June 7, with the kingmakers where we decided to meet again yesterday, Sunday.
“But some enemies of this state and our government went before we even met and politicised this issue and aired it on television and radio stations when we didn’t even sit down and discuss the contestants to the throne.
“My attention was drawn to the development when we are about to enter into meeting with these kingmakers who guided me and in my capacity as the governor of Kano State. I studied their recommendations and selected His Royal Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano.”
Kwankwaso said the appointment had nothing to do with politics, as is being alleged.
“Some people thought the appointment of emir is politics when it is not. Only Allah knows who has large number of supporters among those that indicated interest on the throne because this doesn’t require a vote as done in electing a governor,” he said.
“The laws and rules of selecting an emir don’t require the people to cast their vote. It is the kingmakers that will advise the governor, and the governor as Allah wishes has selected the one chosen by Allah as the emir.” Kwankwaso called on the district head, village and wards heads to accept the appointment as the will of Allah.


The governor also announced that the government has built a new home to relocate the family of the late emir Ado Bayero from the palace.
“Our government has built a house for the late emir’s family in Sharada quarters and today the commissioner of works will hand over the keys to the family of the late emir for those that are interested in living in the house,” he said.
“We are ready to build new structures in the palace for family members of the late emir that wishes to stay in the palace. We are ready to do anything possible to ensure that the family of the late monarch lives comfortably with dignity.”
On the protest over the selection of the new emir, Kwankwaso said, “I am advising those paying these young children to be setting bonfires on the street as it is not a good thing to do.
“For the past 20 years that I am in politics and having governed the state twice I never sponsored somebody to be a thug. We are warning them to desist from doing so.
“Some people are saying that His Highness name wasn’t in the list, I will like to inform them that his name was not only in the list but among the top names in that list.”

– Daily Trust

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Lagos Lawyer Gboyega Adetunji Delves Into Agriculture, Floats Abundish; A Revolutionary Farm-To-Table Outfit

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Barrister Gboyega Adetunji, a Lagos-based renowned legal practitioner, has ventured into agriculture with the launch of Abundish, a revolutionary farm-to-table service aimed at transforming how Nigerians access fresh, high-quality, and healthy farm produce.

 

Abundish is committed to offtake directly from farmers and supply to consumers promoting sustainable agricultural practices, and ensuring fair market value for produce.

 

The innovative platform offers a subscription-based model, allowing customers to customize their experience and receive curated selections of fresh, seasonal produce delivered conveniently to their homes.

 

“I’m thrilled to embark on this new journey, combining my passion for sustainable living and community development,” said Barrister Adetunji, Founder and CEO of Abundish.

 

“Our goal is to empower farmers, support local economies, and provide healthy, fresh produce to consumers while reducing food wastage and promoting sustainable practices.”

 

“Abundish is more than just a bridge,” says Barr. Gboyega Adetunji.

 

“We are a movement bringing fresh, high-quality produce whether cash or food crops directly from the farm to the end consumer, cutting out unhygienic produce, reducing landing costs of produce, and the convenience of doorstep delivery it affords our customers. This does not only benefits our customers, but also supports sustainable agricultural practices, grows the naira and local economies, and also empowers the farmers who nourish our communities.

 

Reacting to what inspires his diversification, Barr. Gboyega said “I’d always wanted to have my little farm that can cater for at least 80% of my consumption, but then I realized how impactful it would be if this practice could be extended to others, hence the creation of the Abundish brand”

 

When asked what sets Abundish apart from its counterparts, Barr. Gboyega said, “Abundish offers a unique subscription model, allowing customers to customize their experience and receive a curated selection of the freshest seasonal produce delivered conveniently to their homes. By bypassing traditional distribution channels, Abundish reduces food waste, ensures peak freshness for consumers and the amount of time doing tedious work of purchase and clean up”.

 

“Abundish offer fresh farm produce at fair market value, championing food security with sustainable practices” he added.

 

At Abundish, we are not just passionate about delivering farm-fresh produce, we are committed to creating a positive impact on our world. That is why we operate with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in mind, striving for a more sustainable, equitable, and food-secure future.

 

Join The Abundish Movement, visit www.abundish.info to learn more about Abundish, and subscribe to receive the freshest produce delivered at your convenience.

 

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US-based Nigerian Jailed 41 Months For Operating Illegal Money Transmitting Business; Funds Wired To Lagos Bank

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A Nigerian man based in the United States Oluwafemi Osinowo has been sentenced to 41 months in a federal prison after he was convicted of operating an illegal money transmitting business.

 

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. in a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Louisiana on Monday, announced that Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick also sentenced Osinowo, 35, of Miami, Florida, to three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

 

According to admissions made as part of his guilty plea, from December 2016 to January 2019, Osinowo operated an unlicensed money transmitting business.

 

He confessed that he conducted foreign currency exchange business without complying with required federal registration requirements.

During the course of operating the business, money was transmitted from third parties from the Middle District of Louisiana and elsewhere to bank accounts located in Miami, Florida.

 

Once the money was in the bank accounts in Miami, Florida, an individual acting as an agent of Osinowo’s business wired the money to a bank in Lagos, Nigeria. Those wire transfers included approximately 51 separate transmissions in the aggregate total of approximately $722,177.

 

 

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‘Stolen’ $6.2m: What Emefiele Told Us In Kuje Prison – Investigators

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One of the investigators handling the case of $6,230,000 allegedly stolen from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on February 8, 2023, has revealed what Godwin Emefiele, immediate past governor of the apex bank, told them at Kuje prison.

The former CBN governor, who is standing trial on an alleged 20-count amended charge, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was once remanded at Kuje prison.

He was alleged to have engaged in criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to obtain by false pretence and obtaining money by false pretence when he served as central bank chief.

In an affidavit filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja, one of the investigators, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, gave details of investigators’ findings and progress made so far.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police was quoted to have said: “We visited Kuje Correctional Centre, where we interviewed Godwin Emefiele, who purportedly approved the memos authorising the payment, as then CBN gov and he denied seeing, talk less of approving such memos.

“We also arrested some concerned staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who denied any involvement in the crime, before we finally arrested Bashirudeen Maishanu, who corroborated the account of Abdulmajeed Muhammad and further confessed to have been involved in the crime which, according to him was perpetrated by himself and the first to third defendants/respondents – Adamu Abubakar, Imam Abubakar and Odoh Eric Ocheme.

“Bashiru Maishanu further confessed that himself, the first and second defendants/respondents (Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar) shared the sum of $2,500,000.00 from the stolen money, while the third defendant/respondent (Odoh Eric Ocheme), being a fellow staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria, kept the balance of $3,730,000.00 claiming that he had other interests to settle in the CBN.

“Bashirudeen Maishanu further confessed that both himself, and the first and second defendants/respondents jointly invested the United States dollars equivalent of the sum of N1, 440,000,000.00 into real estate business of Afrolyk Global Ltd.

“The Managing Director of the said Afrolyk Ltd, Aminu Lawal has been arrested and he confirmed the investment by Bashirudeen Maishanu, Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar, and already refunded the sum of $200 000 00 to the Special Investigator’s team as part of the money he (Aminu Lawal) received as part of the purported investment.

“Cash of about $400,000 00 has also been voluntarily returned by Bashiru Maishanu from part of his remaining share of the money in question. The money (the $6,230,000) was received in cash from the Central Bank at Nigeria and also shared in the same cash by the defendants/respondents and others, making it difficult to trace the monies without arresting the defendants/respondents.

“It was later revealed that the third defendant – Odoh Eric Ocheme – was the Personal Assistant to Godwin Emefiele as the CBN governor while the first and second defendants (Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar) are businessmen and associates of Bashirudeen Maishanu.”

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