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MALAIKA, SODIMU, OTHERS TO SELECT FUJI TALENTS IN GOLDBERG CONCERT

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Arrangements have been concluded by Goldberg, a lager beer brand from the stable of Nigerian Breweries Plc, to put the Fuji music on the global map again as the fourth edition of the Fuji music fanfare (a Fuji talent hunt show) begins. An indigenous music platform of Goldberg, Fuji Sowapo has in the last three editions led to the discovery of budding Fuji talents.

The auditions for this year’s edition of the annual activation, which would hold in eight cities, will kick off in Ota, Ogun State on Wednesday. Apart from Ota, other cities where auditions would be held are: Ikotun-Egbeda, Oyo, Ilesha, Akure, Ado-Ekiti, Sagamu, and Ibadan. Identified talents from the auditions will later converge in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital for the final selection of contestants that will proceed to the quarter final in Oyo, Oyo State.

Speaking in an interview in Lagos, Mr. Emmanuel Agu, Marketing Manager, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream lager and Stout, said notable Yoruba actors like Abass Akande Obesere, Sulaimon Adekunle Alao (a.k.a. Malaika), Otunba Wasiu Ayinde Marshall (KWAM1), Dr. Wasiu Osupa, and DammyKrane will grace the competition at different stages.

He disclosed that Malaika; Yemi Sodimu, popular presenter and Actor; and Moruf Shadow, National President, Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria (FUMAN); will serve as Panelists for the Auditions that would hold in Oyo, Ikotun-Egbeda, Ibadan and Ota. For the remaining Auditions slated for Akure, Ado Ekiti and Ilesha, Agu said Dotun Taylor, Filmmaker will join the duo of Malaika and Shadow.

He explained that the music genre has huge followership especially in the south Western part of Nigeria; thereby providing a credible platform for Goldberg to connect and engage its numerous customers.

On the modalities for participation, he said interested budding talents are expected to participate in audition at centers closest to them. Contestants will have about five minutes each on stage to impress the judges at the auditions in order to get into the contest proper.
It would be recalled that Antenna and Twinzobia Twins, the winners of the first and second editions from Oshogbo and Ibadan respectively, are now doing well in their Fuji careers. Akeem Okiki from Osogbo, Osun State emerged winner of the third edition of the Fuji music talent activation that had over ten thousand Fuji fans in attendance at the Trans Amusement park in Ibadan, Oyo State. “We encourage youths with talent in Fuji to seize this rare opportunity that comes once a year to proof their talents.” Agu added.
The winner of the contest will be crowned the Wura1 of Fuji Sowapo.

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

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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

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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

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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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