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VP Osinbajo sues Sahara Reporters over ‘false publication’ linking him to collapsed Ikoyi building

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has communicated with his legal counsels, directing them to initiate legal actions against an online publication that allegedly linked him to the high rise building that collapsed in Lagos state, recently.

The Vice-President, who made this known in a statement by Laolu Akande, his media aide, denied any dealing with Chief Michael Ade. Ojo, Chairman of Elizade Motors; who allegedly sold the land to him.

Osinbajo however condoled with the families and relatives of all those who have died, were injured or were affected in the collapse, saying he considers this painful loss of lives a horrible tragedy.

Debunking the publication on Friday, he said, ” the attention of the Vice President has been drawn to an obviously sponsored falsehood regarding the recently collapsed building published by Sahara Reporters on November 4th, 2021, to the effect that: The VP owns the land upon which the collapsed building in Ikoyi stood.

“That the said land was sold to him by Chief Michael Ade. Ojo, Chairman of Elizade Motors; and that the Vice President, at some point, intervened with the regulatory authorities in Lagos State to unseal the said property.

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“Let it be made absolutely clear that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo does not own and has never owned the said land. He has also never been involved, in any shape or form, in the development of this or any other land since he became Vice President.

“At no time whatsoever did the VP buy this or any other piece of land from Chief Michael Ade. Ojo, or entered into any transaction for the sale of that land or any other piece of land from Chief Ade. Ojo or anyone for that matter.

“All property and assets owned by the Vice President have been publicly declared.

“Also, the Vice President has never spoken to the Governor of Lagos State or any other official of the State Government regarding the unsealing of the said building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, which subsequently collapsed. He has, indeed, never acted to influence any other regulatory action on the collapsed building, or any other building for that matter, in Lagos State.

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“The Vice President restates categorically that he has no interest whatsoever, and has never had any interest, either legally or beneficially, in the land, the building or development.

“The wickedness and viciousness of a lie that seeks to utilise a tragedy where so many people have lost their lives, even as rescue efforts are ongoing, and in wanton disregard to the feelings and untold grief of their loved ones for political gain, reveals a dangerous desperation, as well as the heartlessness of the perpetrators of such despicable lies.

“Sahara Reporters were undoubtedly well rewarded for their criminal and inhumane conduct. Typical of a hatchet job and deliberately irresponsible journalism, the publication was not signed by anyone.

“The Vice President has referred this disgraceful publication to his lawyers for prompt legal action”.

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Amotekun arrests 18 ‘bandits’ in Ondo

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Following the withdrawal of soldiers from checkpoints and highways within Ondo State, men of the State’s Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun Corps, have arrested suspected bandits allegedly planning to invade the state.

The suspected bandits who were said to have taken off from Kastina State were arrested in Ondo town.

According to the Commander of Amotekun in the State, Adetunji Adeleye, the bandits stormed the state in three 18-seater passenger buses.

He added that two of the buses escaped while his men were able to intercept one of the buses after escaping from different checkpoints.

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Police arrest 8 ‘abductors’ of UniAbuja professor, 7 others

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police command have announced the arrest of eight suspects responsible for the abduction of staff of the University of Abuja.

The arrests according to the command public relations officer Josephine Adeh, was made possible in a joint operation conducted by personnel of the police, army and the Department of State Services (DSS).

Adeh, in a statement issued in Abuja, reads; “Following investigations and manhunt for the criminal elements involved in the abduction of staff of the University of Abuja at the University Staff Quarters, Giri, on 2nd November 2021, Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force in collaboration with the Military, the DSS and other security agencies in a joint operation, the early hours of Friday 5th November 2021, successfully identified the hideout of the criminals located at Shenegwu Forest in the Gwagwalada area of the FCT and rescued all abducted victims unhurt.

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“The criminal elements on sighting the security team engaged them in a fierce gun duel. However, the superior firepower of the security operatives led to the arrest of eight (8) members of the notorious gang while some other members of the gang fled into the forest and nearby communities.

“The CP enjoined residents particularly those around the Gwagwalada area of the FCT, to be vigilant and provide the Police with useful information that can assist in apprehending the gang members still at large. However, efforts are being intensified to arrest fleeing members of the gang.

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“All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of the investigations.

“The CP assured that Investigation is being intensified and dragnet extended to arrest all the criminals. He further implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergencies or distresses, through these numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883”.

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Airtel Africa’s Smartcash gets CBN approval for payment service bank

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Airtel Africa Plc said it has received an Approval-In-Principle for its subsidiary Smartcash Payment Service Bank Limited to begin operations in the country from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

A statement on the Nigerian Exchange Limited platform by Simon O’Hara, the Airtel Africa’s company secretary, said final approval “is subject to the Group satisfying certain standard conditions within six months.”

The statement quoted Segun Ogunsanya, Chief Executive of Airtel Africa as expressing pleasure at the approval, pledging the group’s readiness to work “closely with the Central Bank to meet all its conditions to receive the operating license and commence operations.

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“The final operating licence will enable us to expand our digital financial products and reach the millions of Nigerians that do not have access to traditional financial services,” he explained.

“I am looking forward to working closely with the government, the central bank, and traditional financial institutions to expand financial inclusion and meet the evolving needs of our customers and the economy,“ he stressed.

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