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2023 Elections: NAN Vows To Support Foundation To Promote Peace Among Youths

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has promised to support Splendour Child Empowerment Foundation to propagate and promote peace among the children and youths, especially during the forthcoming 2023 presidential elections.

The Managing Director of NAN, Mr Buki Ponle made the pledge when the National Peace Ambassador of the foundation, Miss Splendour Joe-King, led a delegation to visit him on Thursday in Abuja.

Ponle said the agency would lend its voice to ensure politicians did not use children as tools to win elections at all cost, adding that it was time to give the right legacy for the Nigerian child.

He said NAN would support the foundation in realising a successful outing at the dinner that would bring stakeholders together to have a conversation on the safety of the Nigerian youths during the coming elections.

He said that children should not just be considered as future leaders but should be looked upon as leaders of today, thus, their rights should be well protected in the society.

“Let me give you our assurance and support to this programme. Without you asking for it, we are already there.

“The rights of children are very germane in my heart because when their rights are violated, the society is finished because children are our voices.

“We cherish children in Africa because we know that after we are gone, they will stand in for us to speak and to continue with what we have left behind; so we cannot afford to toy with children and their voices.

“So, as far as NAN is concerned, we are going to make it a resounding success on what you have embarked upon and even beyond that.

“And apart from assisting in ensuring peace, we will ensure that the book you have written has increased visibility. We are going to be part of the diner before, during and after.

“We will continue in our own little way to ensure that those who should know, be enlisted and be part of the campaign on the issues of the children,’’ he said.

Ponle therefore invited the foundation’s ambassador to NAN Forum, where issues concerning women and children would be discussed on a wider range.

He said the news of the forum would be disseminated within and outside the country at no cost to the foundation as part of the agency’s way of supporting the campaign of the foundation.

While commending the foundation for the work it was doing, Ponle enjoined youths to emulate the good work and urged the media to join hands to promote peace among the Nigerian youths.

Earlier, the National Peace Ambassador of Splendour Child Empowerment Foundation, sought the agency’s support and partnership in ensuring peace among Nigerian children.

Joe-King, who is the National Peace Ambassador, National Human Rights Commission and an author, commended the agency in its role in ensuring the right of women and children were safeguarded.

She said: “My journey started by writing a book on “The effects of terrorism on children’, which I wrote at the age of nine. I have been campaigning and educating, that children should be carried along in the fight against terrorism.

“ I have been educating children on the dangers and effect of terrorism because they are the grassroots solution to the fight against terrorism

“If you can get the minds of these children, I think we have succeeded in the fight against terrorism. Catching them young is extremely important to end the fight against terrorism.

“My sister and I started a mind-change project, where we resolved that for a person to be properly reformed, the reformation must start from the mind. And the mind-change project birthed the peace project.’’

According to Joe-King, peace is important in our country and we the Nigerian children are calling for peace because we are tired of the violent happening around us.

She explained that many children had died and some made orphans as a result of the recent happenings in the country which could be avoided.

“That is why we are speaking up because we want a Nigeria where we can move about freely and not be bothered about being killed or kidnaped.

“We are speaking about peace because of the 2023 elections coming up. Most youths would want to go into violence and we don’t want that.

“We want a society where we can all live freely. That is why through this peace campaign, we are going to organise a peace dinner.

“The peace dinner is majorly for our elders, those that have influence, especially we want the President and his wife to be there at that meeting because they are the ones that can get these youths to follow them and stop violence wherever they are.

“Because of these elections, we want to appeal to our elders that it is not a do or die affair to win elections; we should not make it an avenue to kill fellow Nigerians.

“We want to use that avenue to appeal to the heart of our elders, to let go of their grievances for the sake of the Nigerian children as there will be no place for us if the country is destroyed.

“So we are here to seek your support as a father, because we the children, we cannot do this alone.

“ I first of all, want to see if your organisation can also give us endorsement and partnership in most of the work which I want to do and also partner with us in the peace dinner, to see it is successful.’’

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Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, Wins Primary for Second term

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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has  emerged winner of the state governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.

In the primary election conducted at the MKO International Stadium, Abeokuta, five other aspirants contested against the governor.

The aspirants include Olubiyi Otegbeye, Mrs Modele Sarafa- Yussuf, Mr Owodunni Opayemi, Remilekun Bakare and Abdukadir Akinlade.

Of the six aspirants, only Abiodun, attended the primary, while agents of all other aspirants, announced their presence and did what was expected of them.

Giving the details of the  election, that was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere,  the Chairman of the Ogun State  APC Primary Election  Committee, Chief Wale Ohu, disclosed that 1,180 delegates, from the 20 local governments, were accredited for the exercise.

Announcing the results, Ohu, said Abiodun scored 1,168 votes, while other aapirants, did not secure any vote, saying that two votes were voided.

Prior to the commencement of the process, Ohu, announced to the delegates and all the leaders of the party that attended the event, that all required agents, were present.

Ohu took time to read out names of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other officials of the APC officials that were sent from the National Secretariat.

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Lagos Security: Ifalade Host Corp Superintendents, Harps on Preparedness

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Ifalade Ajasa with His Men

The General Manager of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency LNSA; Prince Dr. Ifalade Ajasa Oyekan has advised Corp Officers to remain focused as politics goes full swing in preparation for the 2023 general elections across the country.

Ifalade said this while speaking to Corp Superintendent from the 57 LGAs and LCDAs at a special briefing held at the Corp headquarters, Oshodi.

At the meeting, He advised Corp Superintendents to raise their level of preparedness through regular drills and security advocacy with officers of the agency.

Dr Rasak Balogun, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund paid a surprise visit to the Agency and also enjoined officers to imbibe the culture of Multitasking in the face of the expected challenges officers will confront in view of the forthcoming Elections amid other security issues.

Prince Oyekan on behalf of the Agency, thanked Dr. Rasak Balogun for his usual support while assuring the general public of the Agency’s readiness to meet the challenges expected from the high octane politics, and sundry safety and security issues.

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Zenith Bank: Justice Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe Releases Certified True Copy (CTC) of her Judgment, Call Out Fake and Junk Journalist

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Contrary to the widely reported fake news by some faceless online news platform that Justice Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe of the Ikeja Special Offences Court in his recent judgement allegedly accused foremost financial management in Nigeria, Zenith Bank of fraud and bribery, the astute judge who is bitter with such report have released the original certified True Copy. 

 

In the original certified True Copy, it was confirmed that the respectable Justice never said something of such while delivering her judgement.

 

According to Justice Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe, all what the online media platforms said she delivered, were all fake and wondered how and where they got their own reports.

 

The certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgment is now in the open for anyone to see.

 

These online platforms had reported that the Justice accused Zenith Bank Plc of bribing both the judges and lawyers for 11 years to pervert justice, with several online media outlets alleging that Justice Olubunmi Abike-Fadipe made the claim on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 while delivering judgment in a suit marked LD/ADR/186/2014 between Real Integrated and Hospitality Limited as claimant and Zenith Bank Plc and State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) as first and second defendants respectively.

 

One such publication quotes the judge as saying “My recommendation is that Zenith Bank is a fraud and people must be very careful in their dealings with the bank.”

 

Some of the other quotes read: “Zenith Bank bribed the lawyers in the matter.

 

“This they have done for 11 years. So many lawyers and judges have been bribed in this matter just perverting justice. What is more embarrassing, the current governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele was the one who came to navigate and begged for the deposit. He has not been able to do anything to Zenith Bank because he was the managing director of the bank at the time of this transaction.”

 

However, nowhere in the Certified True Copy (CTC) of the judgment that was made available to credible news platforms showed that the Judge did not make such statements.

 

While the Judge did make a scathing criticism of the bank, Justice Fadipe did not accuse Zenith bank of bribing judges and lawyers for 11 years to fraudulently alter the course of justice, as claimed by the online mediums.

 

There was also no mention of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele in the CTC of the judgment.

 

The judge’s comments, as contained in the judgement, include: “The 1st defendant has been the beneficiary of the malevolent game of chess it plunged both claimant and the 2nd defendant into, holding the sum of N872,780,552.84 in its custody without paying interest thereon from 17th February 2011 until 2nd February 2016 when the Court ordered that the money be paid into an interest yielding account in the names of the claimant and the 2nd defendant pending determination of the suit, which order was curiously varied by the consent of all the parties on 20th September 2016 so that the money remained in the 1st defendant’s custody without interest.

 

“The act of the 1st defendant was unconscionable and detrimental to the goodwill of the claimant and its trade credit with its customers. It was a deliberate and malicious act against the interest of the claimant and the 1st defendant continues to enjoy the largesse in bad faith. Exhibits C4 and C5 clearly state that the funds to be transferred were to offset part of the claimant’s indebtedness for the importation of dictionaries, but the 1st defendant was impervious to this need. I therefore find and hold that the claimant is entitled to substantial damages against the 1st defendant for the injury caused to it.”

 

The judge made the comments while granting the claimants four reliefs.

 

The reliefs are that the 1st defendant (Zenith) was in breach of contract when on 7th October, 2011 it refused the claimant to draw from its account No. 1012465427 “despite the fact that the said account was in enough credit to cover the withdrawals sought to be made on the said date.”

 

The judge further restrained the bank “from disturbing or refusing the claimant from operating its account No. 1012465427 in the 1st defendant’s bank or from honouring the claimant’s transfer or payment obligations to third parties from the said account as long as same is in credit.”

 

It granted an “interest of 15% per annum on the sum of N872,780,552.84 from 7th October 2011 when the 1st defendant denied the claimant access to the funds in its account which was in credit at that date till judgment.

 

“Interest on the judgment sum at the rate of 10% per annum from judgment date till final liquidation thereof.

 

“Costs of this action in the sum of N2.5million.”

 

Of a truth, Zenith Bank has had a record of open and transparent operations, this earned the organization four SERAS CSR Africa Awards that include “Best Company in Reporting and Transparency”, “Best Company in Infrastructure Development”, “Best Company in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment”, and the coveted “Most Responsible Organisation in Africa”.

 

In recognition of its track record of excellent performance, Zenith Bank was voted as Best Commercial Bank in Nigeria in the World Finance Banking Awards 2021, Best Bank in Nigeria in the Global Finance World’s Best Banks Awards 2020 and 2021, Bank of the Year (Nigeria) in The Banker’s Bank of the Year Awards 2020, and Best in Corporate Governance ‘Financial Services’ Africa 2020 and 2021 by the Ethical Boardroom. Also, the bank emerged as the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria in the Banker Magazine Top 500 Banking Brands 2020 and 2021, Number One Bank in Nigeria by Tier-1 Capital in the “2021 Top 1000 World Banks” Ranking by The Banker Magazine and the Retail Bank of the year at the BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BOFI) Awards 2020 and 2021.

 

Zenith Bank has continued to distinguish itself in the Nigerian financial services industry through superior service offerings, unique customer experience and sound financial indices. The bank remains a clear leader in the digital space with several firsts in the deployment of innovative products, solutions and an assortment of alternative channels that ensure convenience, speed and safety of transactions.

 

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