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Protesters block Aregbesola’s convoy

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Members of the Campaign for the Defence of Human Rights who staged a public protest against corruption in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Wednesday, stopped the convoy of Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his way to the office.

Our correspondent observed that members of the CDHR, who were marching against corruption in the public sector, had blocked one of the lanes of the Gbongan-Ibadan Expressway while they were being watched by security officials.

The governor’s convoy met members of the CDHR in front of the Federal High Court but the group, armed with anti-corruption banners and leaflets, initially did not give way to the convoy until the policemen in the pilot vehicles came down and dispersed the protesters.

The protesters said the amount of money looted from the public treasury was enough to provide first- class infrastructure all over the country. They lamented the hardship and endemic corruption which Nigeria had been plunged into.

The Chairman of the CDHR in Osun State, Mr. Akin Asifat, said corruption was responsible for the current economic crisis the nation was facing.

The governor later received members of the CDHR, who dropped their letter with him at the Governor’s Office.

Aregbesola commended them for their efforts against human rights abuses, saying many Nigerians had benefited from their efforts.

He said, “As we are condemning corruption, so must we speak against low productivity, corruption is a scourge that must be stopped and low productivity is a curse that must be rejected.”

The governor urged them to continue to support the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

 

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Governor Sanwo-Olu hosts dinner to celebrate Soyinka at 90

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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 X.com, 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

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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

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President Bola Tinubu Sacks NPA MD, Koko Bello

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President Bola Tinubu has sacked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko.

 

Koko became the NPA MD after Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman was suspended and later sacked by the Buhari administration over rift with the then Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

 

Meanwhile, Tinubu on Friday, July 12, 2024 approved the appointment of Dr. Abubakar Dantsoho as the new NPA MD.

 

The President has also approved the appointment of Senator Adedayo Adeyeye as Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

 

Dr. Dantsoho holds a Doctorate degree in Maritime Technology from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, and a Master’s degree in International Transport from Cardiff University of Wales, United Kingdom.

 

Before his appointment, he had served in various roles in the Nigerian Ports Authority as Assistant General Manager; Technical Assistant to the Managing Director; Port Manager, Onne Port; and Principal Manager, Tariff & Billing.

 

Senator Adeyeye, the Board Chairman, is a seasoned lawyer, journalist, and politician.

 

He is a former Minister of State for Works and former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District.

 

The President says he expects the new leadership of this pivotal agency to deploy excellence in the discharge of their duties to enable efficient port services and improved

industry outcomes.

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