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It was a day full of glamour and joy in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital as the Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun gave his first daughter, Miss Ayomide Amosun’s hand out in marriage to Mr. Oladipo Dabiri, the son of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri Erewa.

The wedding ceremony which attracted dignitaries from all walks of life had in attendance the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, serving and former Governors, All Progressive Congress party leaders, members of the National and State Houses of Assemblies, Royal fathers as well as business moguls.

The Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Justice Alpha Belgore “said what is happening today is a testimony of the kindness and good character of the couple’s parents” praying that God will continue to protect the union and give them the wisdom to live in perfect harmony.


The Speaker of the House of Representative, Rt. Hon Yakubu

Dogara who disclosed that any crime or evil acts perpetrated by people can be traced to the family which is the basic unit of the society enjoined Nigerians to devote more time to talking about how we can properly train and raise our children to be able to eradicate the evils in the society.

The Speaker noted that marriage is a race which he advised them not to break the rules praying that the end of the union would be greater than the beginning.

Advising the couple, the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olugesun Obasanjo revealed that there would always be marriage frictions but he urged them to iron out any differences before the following morning through proper communication.

Expressing his joy, the bride’s father and the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun thanked all for honouring and sharing in his family’s happiness urging the couple to imbibe tolerance, trust and the fear of be as the foundation of their marriage.

Directing the cutting of the cake, the Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo prayed for the couple to enjoy great favour, love and affection in their marital life.

Speaking with journalists, the groom’s mother, Mrs. Abike Dabiri Erewa enjoined the couple not to allow third party in the running of their home while she prayed for God’s guidance for the couple.

Dignitaries at the talk of the town wedding was Acting president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibajo and his wife Dolapo, Former president of Nigeria olusegun Obasanjo, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adewusi, Senator Gbenga Obadara, Chief Adebutu Kessington, Alake Of Egba Land, Oba Gbadebo, Governor of Ondo state Ladi Akeredolu and his wife, newly wedded daughter of the president Zahra Buhari Indimi, Socialite Joko Oni, Wole Aboderin, Demola Seriki, Biodun Sobanjo of Insight communication, Yomi Badejo Okunsanya, Chief Sunny Kuku, Aare Bola Akin Olugbade, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Lanre Tejuosho, Otunba Rotimi Daramola, Bayo Onanuga, among other high society big wigs.


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EFCC quizzes ex-Women Affairs Minister Pauline Tallen over N2 billion fraud




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday quizzed the former Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, over alleged fraud.

A source close to the commission said the ex-minister, who arrived at the Abuja zonal command of the commission on invitation at noon, was still being grilled by investigators of the commission till late Friday night.

Though details of the allegations against the ex-minister were sketchy, a source familiar with the case informed that it bordered on alleged corrupt enrichment to N2 billion.

Part of the money was allegedly diverted from the African First Lady Peace Mission Project.

The spokesman of the commission, Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for confirmation.

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Gov. Makinde Appoints Perm. Secs, Accountant General, Executive Secretaries 




Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the appointment of Kikelomo Adijat Adegoke as the substantive Accountant General of Oyo State.




The Head of Service, Mrs. Olubunmi Oni mni, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.




Oni said the appointment took effect on Thursday, May 26, 2023.




The Oyo State Governor has also approved the appointment of eleven Permanent Secretaries in the civil service.




The Permanent Secretaries include: Dr. Olabode Ladipo; Dr. Oyewole Tunde Aremu; Abosede Esther Owoeye; Ismail Abass Adebukola Bioku; Folajinmi Daramola Oni; Dolapo Oluremilekun Popoola; Hakeem Toyin Salami; Tajudeen Raji; Paul Amole Okunloye Oyekunle; Bassir Kolawole Kazeem and Taiwo Olafimihan Adewale.




Governor Makinde also appointed two Executive Secretaries. They include Olusola Orobode and Muibat Olaide Lasisi.




The Head of Service said the appointments came as a result of thorough screening and outstanding performance of the affected officers.

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Austin Avuru’s books now available following vacation of court orders.




Austin Avuru’s books are now available for purchase following the vacation of court orders issued by Federal High courts in Abuja and Lagos.

The Abuja court issued the injunction in July 2022 following a motion exparte filed by Tochukwu Peter Tochukwu, Esq but moved by Nsikan Samuel Ekpeyong Esq with motion No. M/9442/2022 dated 26th Day of July 2002 at an an Abuja High Court presided over by Justice SB Belgore.

The injunction was issued days to the scheduled public presentation of the books – My Entrepreneurship Journey and Politics, Economics and the Nigerian Petroleum Industry all by written by Austin Avuru – Founding CEO, Seplat Energy. The third book, Austin Avuru: A Safe Pair of Hands is a biography of the mercurial and methodical oil man written by the duo of Peju Akande and Toni Kan

Avuru had informed his invited guests of the suspension of the event and sale of the books via an e-message personally signed by him: “this event has been suspended by an Abuja High Court Injunction. Our lawyers are at work and, when we are permitted, we shall re-assemble at a later date.”

The retirement party and book presentation event had been scheduled for the 4th of August, 2022 at the Eko Hotels and Suites Victoria Island.

The court order had, among other prayers, restrained “the defendants, their privies, assigns, agents and howsoever described from proceeding to temper with the res – by taking any step geared at releasing or public presentation of the book titled or any other book(s) or any other venue pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

With the vacation of both injunctions, the reading public and friends of the author can now purchase copies of the books – My Entrepreneurship Journey, A Safe Pair of Hands and Politics, Economics and the Nigerian Petroleum Industry – from leading bookshops like Jazzhole, Terra Kulture, Quintessence, Glendora, Roving Heights, Spine and Label, Patabah etc as well as via

The books provide incisive and unique insights into the Nigerian oil and gas industry with special emphasis on the emergence of indigenous oil and gas players as well as Avuru’s place in the mix as founding partner and pioneer CEO of Seplat Energy Plc, a Nigerian and African success story that is listed both on the Nigeria and London Stock Exchange..

Geologist and publisher, Toyin Akinosho described My Entrepreneurship Journey as “a narrative on how to build, grow and sustain an upstream oil company” and “a masterpiece of economic and business analysis,” while A Safe Pair of Hands has been described as telling “a compelling story of excellence, resilience, doggedness and that unique can-do Nigerian Spirit,” and a “must-read for anyone who believes in potential.”

The third book, Politics, Economics and the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, is made up of 74 essays written and published between 1991 and 2022, in which Austin Avuru, “oil man, corporate mandarin and public intellectual shows by the example of thriving companies he has founded, nurtured and built into successful enterprises that his theories for creating value and building generational and sustainable wealth are more than just talk but well thought-out processes anchored in cleared-eyed analysis. In the book, Avuru provides clear insights that should guide policy and decision making at the highest levels.”

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