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Son of Late Billionaire Chief Anthony Olujinmi Lawanson raises alarm over attempts on his life by his brother Former Commissioner of transport Lagos state Ladi Lawanson Over Their Late Fathers Assets

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Gbolahan Lawanson is one of the Sons of Prominent Business Mogul Chief AO  l Lawanson.. Who died sometime in 1998. Apparently since the death of the Patriach their brother Ladi Lawanson, who became a commissioner under former Governor Ambode, had been stripping the family off its assets and selling at discount prices

 

Most of the family members did not realize what Ladi Lawanson was doing till his exposure by his younger brothers, Gbolahan Lawanson.

 

In his attempts to cover up the monumental stealing and in turn destroying the legacy their hard working father left behind, Ladi apparently acquired the services of AIG ADELEKE as an accomplice to achieve his selfish aims.

 

Seeing Gbolahan as the arrowhead to the opposition against his continuous looting he decided on a plan to arrange false petitions against him, so that the AIG ADELEKE can use to cage him while they both use their power to loot the family wealth dry.

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We gathered reliably that recently at a family meeting chaired by their elder sister, Gbolahan Lawanson exposed the monumental stealing by Ladi that runs into over a billion naira. The entire family was shocked at the revelation. When the elder sister looked into the stripped assets, and this led to Ladi’s desperation to get rid of anyone blocking his way.

 

“At a Family meeting held on the 23rd of January 2022, by  siblings, post their Mother’s Funeral rites of January 21st, 2022, Gbolahan Lawanson was asked to render financial and other accounts of the family assets being managed directly by him. Which he duly gave accounts as advised and handed the assets in his possession to their elder Sister. Right there and then he noted that as part of the family assets, over three (3) acres of vast land worth the sum of N650million, company shares in various blue chip companies in their Late Father’s name, worth the sum of N250 million, the sum of N100 million lease rentals resulting from the lease of the family’s petrol station to Total Nigeria and the sum of N20 Million lease rentals resulting from the lease of the roof-top to the family’s property situated at No. 8 Lawanson Road, Lawanson, Surulere, Lagos, to Globacom Limited for construction of their communications mast,  are all unaccounted for and were directly handled by Ladi Lawanson (Ladi).  It was also indicated that Ladi should be asked to render accounts for these assets. From the day he (Ladi) was instructed to render the stated accounts, Ladi vowed to deal decisively with Gbolahanand use all the power he has and connection to get rid of him. He boasted that he has ‘friends’ in the police force and that he was going to have Gbolahan locked up and gotten rid of “ the source hinted.

 

A Family source who would like to be anonymous, claims that Ladi and Gbolahan became bitter enemies when Ladi tried to evict their late brothers Wife from their brothers home two months after the death of their elder brother Rotimi. This action infuriated Gbolahan who vehemently opposed Ladi’s action. It got so bad that when Gbolahan was contesting an election last year, his brother Ladi, was his fierce opponent. Who went as far as to team up with the opposing camp to fight against him.

 

These and other expose was what led to Gbolahan’s manhandling and illegal arrest by the AIG Adeleke, whom we gathered Ladi had used for his hatchet job to deal with Gbolahan as he had earlier boasted.

 

“We gathered that on the 24th of May, 2022, Gbolahan was invited to visit the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (A.I.G) Adeyinka Adeleke, on the pretext that the A.I.G. wanted to mediate between the two brothers (Ladi Lawanson & Gbolahan). The opposite was the case as we learnt that upon his  arrival to the A.I.G’s office in courteous compliance with the received invitation, he was confronted with over eight (8) people, with some of them being unknown to him, brandishing petitions against him.  The petitions had never been served prior to the invitation. These people included representatives of Globacom Limited, Vixen Enterprises and a lawyer representing Mr Akin Lawanson.

Akin Lawanson is late chief lawanson’s brother, who also has a questionable character with pending court cases of forgery of documents.  These people were all present at the A.I.G.’s office, alleging that Gbolahan threatened their lives, all of this as a game plan of Ladi.

Without listening to Gbolahan’s side of the story, The A.I.G Adeleke looked at him directly and said ‘I WILL DEAL WITH YOU AND TEACH YOU A LESSON’. He then ordered the Commander of the Monitoring Team to detain him with a “NO BAIL’ option. “I was there,  locked up in a cell at Zone 2 Police Quarters at Onikan, Lagos on the 24th of May, 2022, prevented from contacting my Lawyers neither was I allowed to inform my Wife of my whereabouts. I was held for 20 hours at the prison cell with no access to water nor food”. Gbolahan told us in a telephone conversation.

He said further that he was also taken to tinubu magistrate court paraded like a criminal, and this was Ladi’s mission to really deal with him if he had been remanded in the prison.

“On the morning of 25th May, 2022, I was driven to Tinubu Magistrate court by six (6) heavily armed policemen and paraded like a criminal. The intention of the police was for me to be further detained at the Ikoyi Prisons pending bail application. The case has been scheduled for hearing on June 20th, 2022”.

 

Speaking further, Gbolahan told this news medium that, “I also note that Ladi Lawanson had informed me directly that being a former Commissioner of Transport of Lagos State, he has acolytes everywhere.  In this regard, I submit that Ladi Lawanson acquired the services of A.I.G Adeyinka Adeleke and the instrumentality of the A.I.G.’s office to harass and detain me unlawfully”.

“I cannot be intimidated on my birthright neither would I let anybody disinherit my younger ones or anybody else in the family”

It is a situation that has united all of the Lawanson’s against Ladi, even though most of them were too young to oppose Ladi when their father died in 1998.

 

Gbolahan who is quite successful on his own right is known to be a people’s man and has a large grass roots following in Lawanson/Surulere environs .His popularity apparently is also a threat to his brother who is known to be a close ally to a top politician, which we gathered is the forces he has always lay claims on to deal with anyone that crosses his path.

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Between Gov. Hope Uzodimma And Imo Hoteliers…….

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Governor Hope Uzodimma has prevented the proposed strike by the Imo Hoteliers Association.

The strike was scheduled to commence on Tuesday but the Chairman of the association, Mr. Chima Chukwunyere announced in Owerri that the strike has been suspended.

Chukwunyere said that the proposed strike was suspended after due consultations with Gov. Uzodimma.

According to him, Uzodimma promised to personally intervene to solve all the outstanding issues raised by the association.

“The governor condemned the actions of sealing and looting of the hotels illegally and directed that no ministry should use consultants in revenue collection.

” He promised to convene a meeting of the executives of the Imo Internal Revenue Service and those of the Nigeria Hotel Association, Imo chapter, to harmonize the demand notice issued to the hoteliers.“

Chukwunyere said that the governor also advised members to pay taxes to enable the Imo government to function and serve the state better.

The association on Sept. 10 threatened to embark on strike over alleged multiple taxations, illegal sealing of hotels, and unprofessional conduct of revenue collectors.

 

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Despite his “expulsion”, ADC presidential candidate, Kachikwu, makes INEC list

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Mr Kachikwu was expelled from the party last Friday by the Ralph Nwosu-led NWC.

The embattled presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu, has been named among candidates validly nominated by political parties for the 2023 presidential election despite his “expulsion” from the party.

Mr Kachikwu was among the 18 presidential candidates approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday.

The Ralph Nwosu-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party announced the expulsion of Mr Kachikwu from the party last Friday for alleged anti-party activities.

He was expelled along with seven other key party leaders following the recommendation of a seven-member disciplinary committee earlier set up by the ADC NWC. The NWC had earlier on 2 September placed the presidential candidate on suspension.

Mr Nwosu, in a statement issued late Friday, said the disciplinary committee found Mr Kachikwu guilty of allegations of gross misconduct, and gross violations of its constitution, among others.

But in its reaction the following day, the interim leadership of the ADC dismissed Mr Kachikwu’s purported expulsion.

The interim National Chairman of the Party, Patricia Akwashiki, in a statement, described the action of the erstwhile chairman, Mr Nwosu, as the antics of a sinking man clutching at straws.

The crisis rocking the ADC has its genesis in the call for the resignation of the national chairman by 27 state chairmen of the party, having spent 17 years in the office.

At the time of filing this report, we could not confirm if the party’s leadership had made formal or legal requests to the commission to remove the candidate from the list.

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Stella Obasanjo’s brother, John Abebe, arraigned for fraud

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Dr. John Abebe, the younger brother of a former First Lady, Stella Obasanjo, was on Monday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday before the Lagos State Special Offences Court in Ikeja over allegations of fraud.

Abebe was arraigned alongside a former Head of Firstbank Plc, United Kingdom Correspondent Office, Kamoru Alade Oladimeji, before Justice Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe on six charges of conspiracy, stealing, and obtaining money under pretence.

Part of the counts against the defendants read: “That you, Dr. John Abebe and Kamoru Alade Oladimeji, on or about the 4th day of June 2013 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit; stealing the sum of N120 million worth of property of Arsenal Technologies Limited.”

“That you, Dr. John Abebe and Kamoru Alade Oladimeji, on or about the 4th day of June 2013, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit; obtaining by false pretence the sum of N120 million property of Arsenal Technologies Limited under the pretence that your property lying being and situate at 9, Magbon Close, Ikoyi-Lagos State, which you pledged as the security to the Arsenal Technologies Limited was unencumbered, which representation you knew to be false.”

“That you Dr. John Abebe and Inducon Nigeria Limited, on or about the 4th day of June 2013, in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud and to gain for yourself the sum of $1,000,000.00 or its Naira equivalent from Arsenal Technologies Limited by false pretence to procure the execution of valuable security to wit; a deed of assignment between Inducon Nigeria Limited and Arsenal Technologies Limited, wherein you falsely claimed that the property lying being and situate at No. 9, Magbon Close, Ikoyi-Lagos was unencumbered and that you have full powers to assign and transfer the said property to the assignor; Arsenal Technologies Limited.

According to EFCC, the offences committed are contrary to Sections 280(1), (12), 8 (7), 285(1) and 278(1)(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following their plea, the prosecutor, Sulaimon urged the court to fix a trial date and to remand the defendants in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Services until the hearing and determination of the charge.

However, the defense counsel, Anthony Popo and Sam Etaifo urged the court to grant their clients bail in the most liberal terms.

While moving the bail application on behalf of Abebe, Popo told the judge that the matter before her is a commercial transaction between the first defendant and the nominal complainant, which he is ready to settle out of court.

He also claimed that Abebe had paid back the sums of $100,000 and N30 million to the complainant and had also deposited the title document of 26 acres of land and the documents of a property in London to show his seriousness to resolve the matter.

The lawyer further submitted that the defendant would not jump bail since he never violated the terms of the administrative bail granted to him by the EFCC.

The prosecutor did not oppose the application but urged the court to impose stringent terms that will ensure the defendant’s appearance in court for their trial.

In her ruling, Justice Abike-Fadipe granted the first defendant bail in the sum of N20 million with one surety in like sum.

She directed that the surety must be a resident of Lagos and must deposit the title document of a land property whose value must not be less than N20m

The judge also admitted the second defendant to bail in the sum of N10m with one surety in like sum, who must be a resident of the state.

Justice Abike-Fadipe further ordered that the defendant shall continue to enjoy the administrative bail earlier granted to them by the EFCC but if they failed after seven days to perfect the terms of the bail she granted them, they shall be arrested and remanded in prison.

She adjourned the case to December 6 for commencement of trial.

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