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MTN Chief Marketing Officer, Adia Sowho resigns over corruption probe



MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has commissioned an investigation into the activities of its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Ms. Adia Sowho who has been accused of misappropriating part of the N5 billion budgeted by the company for the commercial launch of its 5G Network in 2022.

The investigation has made the CMO to quickly tender her resignation last week, in a move many believe was done in a bid to avoid being indicted and dismissed for corruption.

MTN in September 2022 launched the 5G network in Lagos ushering in a new era of fast-speed internet connection in the country. Shortly after the launch, however, internal auditors discovered that parts of the funds budgeted for launch and marketing activities around it were misappropriated through inflation of contracts and other means.

Adia Sowho, who was appointed as the CMO in 2021, is being investigated after a discovery that she has been procuring many services from contractors at significantly higher rates than had been the practice before she joined the company two years ago.

A former staff of MTN’s marketing department who resigned and relocated overseas told Sahara Reporters that Adia Sowho has been accused by employees in her Division of suddenly changing contractors for many services being provided to the company and seeking to impose her own cronies on the company as contractors.

According to the source who pleaded anonymity, “MTN used to work on Digital campaigns directly with a contractor called TRANSSION. She attempted to force the marketing team to switch to a vendor called Hippo AD. This would have been more expensive for MTN because Hippo AD would still have to deal with TRANSSION being the one that can provide those services effectively in Nigeria. This was an attempt by Adia Sowho to introduce a middleman and it was unnecessary. Luckily, the media team refused to budge so the plan fell apart. She has made efforts to punish those who kicked against it, afterwards.”

“At another time the Consumer Marketing team within the Marketing Division wanted to do a campaign for “Blow my Hustle” and they approached her to sign off on the campaign with a budget of just over N30 million. She tried to raise the budget to over N100,000,000 and wanted to give it to some of the new contractors that she uses to siphon funds. When they resisted an attempt to change the vendor and inflate the cost, she threatened that if they do not give it to the person she had asked them to give it to, she would approve only 7 million naira for the team and of course 7 million would not get the job done, so the team gave in.”

“In another case of brazen corruption, she told the CVM team to pay a vendor to send bulk SMS to a target audience even though the CVM team is used to sending SMSes directly to customers at no cost. When she insisted, they gave in to her demands and they paid a company called “Out There Media” over 50million to do SMS blast. This was an unnecessary expenditure of company resources and an erosion of shareholders investment.”

“Adia has also continued to connive with another MTN contractor called SPV Communications to pad their invoices to MTN on their marketing activities. Suddenly, since her arrival, marketing costs for even simple services have become bloated.”

“Adia has also brought in Mckinsy consultants without following due process and the cost to keep McKinsey runs into billions of naira. Meanwhile, Mckinsey is not telling the business anything they don’t know . So they are basically doing nothing. We are yet to see the value as at the time i left and even to this day, colleagues who remain in MTN say everything Mckinsey is suggesting in the area of marketing are things already being done before they came.”


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Labour Party Suspends Rivers Chairperson, Dokubo, Over Alleged Fraud





The Chairperson of the Labour Party (LP) in Rivers State, Hilda Dokubo, has been suspended as a member of the party in her ward, Asari Toru Local Government Area of the state.


The suspension was contained in a letter written to the Labour Party Chairman of Asari Toru LGA and signed by the Ward Chairman, Ajalamonia Ibama, the Secretary, Lole Amacheer, and the Treasurer, Emmanuel Ibamathe.


Others who signed the letter were the Women Leader, Osaki Dieypiriye, and the Publicity Secretary, Osaki Dokubo.


Dokubo was suspended on July 15, after an emergency meeting of the LP’s ward executive committee and ratified by the Asari Toru LGA Executives of the party on Thursday, July 18, 2024.


The party ward officials suspended the state party chairperson alleging financial misconduct, abuse of office, and breach of party regulations, among other allegations.


The ward executives said the decision was made following a thorough investigation into the allegations, noting that they uncovered substant

ial evidence.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu hosts dinner to celebrate Soyinka at 90




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, 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





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

compliance in Nigeria.

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