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N250 million libel: Ex bank manager, Dr. Osadebe Osakwe drags Sowore, Sahara Reporters to court

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A former Manager with the Zenith Bank Plc, Dr. Osadebe Osakwe has dragged the publisher of Sahara Reporters Mr. Omoyele Sowore and the Sahara Reporters Media group to a Lagos High Court seeking the sum of N250 million each as damages from the defendants for alleged defamation of character.

Dr. Osadebe who is also the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of North China Construction Nigeria in his statement of claim, alleged that the defendants in their online news media, website and blog on 17th May 2016, published the offensive material captioned “Zenith Bank Manager uses Armed thugs to take land from indigenes”.

The publication went further to say “A crisis is reportedly brewing between Igbodo Community in the Ika North East and Onicha-ugbo community in Aniocha North Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta state following alleged criminal activities coordinated by a Manager of Zenith Bank Plc, Osadebe Osakwe. Dr. Osakwe, an indigene of Onicha-Ugbo community and a Manager of Zenith Bank Plc has allegedly been using armed thugs to seize land from residents of Igbodo community.

“Sahara Reporters reliably gathered that Dr. Osakwe who has used the confiscated land to established a farm called “Adagat” Agricultural Ventures Limited” has continuously boasted that the Minister for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu and his brother, a Senior Police Officer are solidly behind his land-grabbing from the people of Igbodo community for the purpose of starting a World Bank farming project…”.

The Plaintiff, who also alleged that the defendants in another publication on 19th April, 2018 titled: “Scandal: Gov. Okowa, Sister, SSG and Others Embroiled in N13.6bn Secretariat Complex Fraud.” The defendants in the publication on their website stated that: “Delta state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, his sister, Ivana Shenton, Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Festus Ovie Agas, Commissioner for Special Duties, Government House, Asaba, Henry Sakpra, a former Zenith Bank Manager, Osadebe Osakwe and others have been indicted in a N13.6 billion fraud scandals related to a new secretariat complex being built by the state and information available to this website indicated that the governor, awarded the contract for the new central secretariat complex to North China Construction Company Nigeria Limited (NCCG) which allegedly has the governor’s Sister, Ivana Shenton and former Zenith Bank Manager, Osadebe Osakwe as frontiers.’

“Checks by Sahara Reporters revealed that North China Construction Nigeria Limited was registered two years before the emergence of Okowa as a governor with Corporate Affairs Commission registration number, RC 1113315, and is being managed by Osadebe Osakwe, the former Zenith Bank manager who is also a strong ally of the Delta governor… It was alleged Osakwe spent a fortune in making sure Okowa emerged governor of Delta state in 2015 general elections. It described the contract as ‘a conduit pipe being used by Governor Okowa to drain the state’s treasury ahead of his second term bid….”

Dr. Osadebe said the defendants have caused to be made and published several publication against him through their online media to reduce his estimation before the average right thinking members of the society.

He said the publications of the defendants have clearly and deliberately represented to the whole world that he is a stooge, corrupt, fraudster, a killer, a cheat, a dubious fellow of questionable character, a thief, lacking in integrity and an enemy of the people of Delta State of Nigeria, the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the International Community altogether, and these imputations are in no doubt defamatory against any standards worldwide.

Briefing journalists, Dr. Osadebe’s lawyer, Barr. Patrick Odozi stated in his word “I know that the said unverified and unsubstantiated publications which was put in an international online news media and published worldwide, is completely false and fabricated, and I strongly emphasize that in all the said publications the defendants defamed the character and image of my client on the internet which has been published and read and still being read till date by different people within Nigeria and abroad who have now come to see my client as a brute, corrupt and a debased fellow,” The lawyer asserted.

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Enugu Ex-Comm.Dr. Victor Nnam To Spend Christmas In Prison Custody

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The embattled Enugu ex-commissioner for Lands and Urban Development, Dr. Victor Nnam, who was remanded in Enugu Correctional Centre on December 3, 2021 after his arraignment at Federal High Court, Enugu on criminal charges bordering on forgery will spend Christmas in the custody, following his inability to get someone who will surety him on bail, investigation reveals.
Sources close to him disclosed yesterday that Nnam is finding it extremely difficult to get a surety that will meet up with the stringent bail conditions as people have abandoned him to his fate.
“The most annoying aspect of it is that his immediate family is disappointed and unhappy with his actions and inactions.
“They warned and advised him against his actions, but he refused to listen. He was misled by some disgruntled politicians, who gave him false promises and supports initially. They have abandoned him now.
“He was seen weeping like a baby in the prison on Saturday, asking God to forgive him and touch the hearts of those he revoked their lands illegally to forgive him,” a close friend disclosed.

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ACA 2021: AWARDS’ RECIPIENTS GEAR UP TO TAKE THE CENTRE STAGE FOR THE 2ND EDITION IN DECEMBER 12

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Kanbitoons Company in association with Afrika Konnekt News Network (AKNN) is ready to host the exclusive 2nd Edition of All Colour Awards (ACA 2021) in Lagos, Nigeria.

The annual and colourful event-project with glitz and glamour is created to honour and recognize leadership in different sectors in Nigeria with limitless imagination and bold execution to foster unity and positioned to soar awardees/recipients beyond known boundaries. It is definitely a veritable platform for awardees to leverage and increase their perception profile.

To kick off the event for this year, the organizers have started a countdown to herald the All Colour Awards (ACA) with the objective of the resource team not just to organize an award but a memorable event that will help the recipients/awardees gain strong recognition and consumer empathy.

 

No doubt, checks revealed that the nominees and eventual recipients/awardees for the special recognition awards would be selected via vigorous credibility tasking process by a clinically designated body of judges in the Selection Panel and Advisory Board respectively for the anticipated unfolding success.

 

Added Information also revealed that the All Colour Awards (ACA) project is an exclusive event arranged to unite and amplify Nigeria’s top businesses, connect creativity, brands, achievers’ excellence and reward by honouring and promoting the reputable individuals, organizations and brands that have secured high populace and consumer rating in their respective categories.

 

According to Mr. Ayo Sogbuyi, the Chief Executive Officer of Afrika Konnekt News Network (AKNN) he disclosed that his company came on board to partner with Kanbitoons Company in the spirit of making merry with the A-list awardees in various industries in Nigeria for brands leverage, trend attraction, business and human networking and above all to promote unity in our colourful industries and many more he divulged of his partnership.

 

The talk of the town All Colour Awards (ACA 2021) like no other is billed to take place on Sunday December 12, 2021 at Abelinis Hub, located at No. 1, Erinola Salako Street, Behind Excellence Hotel, Ogba Lagos, Nigeria.

The awards’ recipients at the exclusive maiden edition of All Colour Awards (ACA 2019) are:

Sifax Group – Best Indigenous Conglomerate Brand of the Year; Creativexone Limited-Brand Management Advertising Agency of the Year; Wall & Ace Legal Practitioners – Most Outstanding Law Firm on Regulatory and Contractual Legal Issues of the Year; Zebra Insurance Brokers Limited –Most Resourceful Insurance Broker of the Year; 12 Baskets Foods Limited –Best Innovative Finger Foods Brands of the Year; Abelinis Limited – Best Innovative Event-Marketing Company of the Year; Brand Vision Media Limited –Best Creative Branding & Printing Company of the Year; Z-Edge Consulting –Most Innovative Consulting Service Provider of the Year; Samson Adewale (Mr. Miracle) – Best Afro Rock Musician In Diaspora of the Year; The Architects Place Limited – Best Architectural Design & Construction Company of the Year; Laffmatazz –Most Outstanding Comedy Brand of the Year; Mr. Pele Adesoji Clement –Most Outstanding Business Personality of the Year; Olatokunbo Foundation –Most Outstanding Humanitarian Foundation of the Year; Adedeji Michael Ademola –Best Use of Educational Technology Initiative of the Year; Eye Candy Innovative Concepts –Best Innovative Ushering & Event Management Brand of the Year.

The creator of the All Colour Awards (ACA) Mr. Kanbi Owolabi is very thankful and appreciates the reputable individuals, brands and organizations that made the maiden edition a huge success and he looks ahead to a bigger and better exclusive 2nd edition.

 

The must attend exclusive 2nd edition of the All Colour Awards (ACA 2021) is set to take the centre stage as a spectacular event for all tradition, all costumes and all glamour in grand style.

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Rotary Club of Ikeja Hosts 2021 Foundation Dinner

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All is set for this year’s Rotary Club of Ikeja’s Foundation Dinner cum Fundraising, which is scheduled to take place today, Monday, November 29, 2021.

The Foundation Dinner which will take place at Erith Apartment and Suites, Opebi, Ikeja Lagos will have Past District Governor, Dr. Wale Ogunbadejo as the Guests Speaker.

Speaking on the Foundation Dinner, the Foundation Director, Rotarian Lanre Lawal said the Foundation Dinner which is a yearly event is held to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation.

According to Rotarian Lawal, ‘’The Foundation Dinner will not only be an evening of fine dining, great wine and engaging entertainment but it will also an excellent evening of networking.’’

While corroborating the Foundation Director, the President of Rotary Club of Ikeja, Rotarian Gbenga Badejo (FCA) added that the event would also afford the club the opportunity to encourage individuals who have excelled in their fields of endeavour in the society to be Paul Harris Fellows.

Rotarian Badejo said that ‘’At Rotary Club of Ikeja, we are always setting standard and keeping faith to the ideals and tenets of the Rotary International.

‘’Like we do every year, we will be hosting the Rotary Foundation Dinner and Launching, and our goal is always to out-do our past.

‘’This year, we will not only be inducting and decorating new members into our club but also decorating some Paul Harris Fellows.

‘’The ultimate goal is to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation and we are determined to do so, after all our club since establishment over five decades ago has been at the forefront of providing service to others, promoting integrity and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.’’

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