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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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Lagos State Government Builds Multi-million naira Lekki Estate Ferry Terminal

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu is living  up to his campaign promises to make the state  more convenient to live for resident as well and one of the most beautiful states in Africa.

 

The governor since he got elected in 2019 hit the ground running improving the State’s socio-economic development, as well as security of lives and property, carefully fulfilling  the six pillars of the T.H.E.M.E.S development agenda.

“The acronym, T.H.E.M.E.S, represents the six pillars of the State’s strategic development agenda, namely: Traffic Management and Transportation, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy, Entertainment and Tourism, as well as Security and Governance”.

The administration has again scored more points with construction of Lekki Estate Ferry Terminal in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

The construction of the project that is expected to commence in September, 2022 and complete under 12 months plans to support Lagos state on its mission to develop a multi-modal transport infrastructure through the delivery of a safe, efficient and affordable means of alternative transport on the inland waterways for the people and business of the state.

It is part of government effort to solve the transportation challenges in the state through the development of an efficient integrated multi-modal transportation system by encouraging private investment  in the sector. The project is in conjunction with Lekki Estate Ferry Terminal Limited and Plaform Capital who is investing millions of dollars for the project.

The infrastructure component of the project includes Shopping malls, car parks that would accommodate over 200 cars, floating restaurants and lounge, health safety and environmental services

The project is also aims to develop a ferry terminal along Admiralty way water front in Lekki Phase 1 belonging to Lagos state Ministry of Transportation, procure state of the art passenger ferries and operate water transportation services for the citizens residing in Lekki, Ajah, Igbo Efon, Ikota, Awoyaya, Lakowe, Sangotedo and its environs.

It is also intended to complement the efforts of state government in addressing the critical infrastructure shortage and bringing the dividend of democracy to the people through collaboration under a Private Partnership (PPP) with Lekki Ferry Estate.

Lekki Estate Ferry incorporated as an SPV to build, manage and operate maritime passenger and freight services. The company will offer transport services through its fleet of ferries with routes that include Lekki to Marina, Lekki to Ikorodu, among others.

 

 

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Oando AGM: Shareholders Laud Tinubu, Board

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In business, Nigerian oil and gas top player, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, continues to set the pace. He wears his entrepreneurial strength and savvy like a badge of honour. For this Group Chief Executive of Oando Group, he stands tall as he wades through odds with the confidence of a champion. He isn’t afraid to put everything on the line and boldly step into the unknown. That’s why he makes history every hour as the head honcho of a leading oil firm with wide influence in Nigeria’s economic and business sector.

Last Wednesday, August 10, 2022, Oando successfully concluded its 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM), at the Wings Office Complex, Victoria Island, Lagos. In line with COVID safety protocols, shareholders were represented by proxies of their various associations at the AGM.

The shareholders laud Mr. Tinubu for his capacity and capability to steer the affairs of the company to success.

According to  reliable sources, the resolve of the shareholders to entrust their money  with Oando is proof of their abiding belief in the management led by Tinubu, who has continued to display rare leadership qualities.

Again it was gathered that all resolutions proposed at the AGM were approved, including the election of Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede and Mrs. Ronke Shokefun as Non-Executive Directors, the election of Adeola Ogunsemi as an Executive Director, the re-election of Ike Osakwe, Ademola Akinrele and Dr. Ainojie Irune as Directors, the election of audit committee members, and the approval of the remuneration of non-Executive Directors.

Shareholders at the meeting commended Oando’s management for appointing two women to the Board of Directors. Patrick Ajudua an Oando shareholder said: “I want to commend the management for the appointment of Mrs. Ronke Shokefun and Mrs. Nana Mede as Directors, and we hope that they will bring value to us.”

 

Buttressing Mr. Patrick’s comment, Dr. Farouk Umar, an Oando shareholder said; “I thank you for bringing two women to the board. This is a happy development, I hope that when we have a casual vacancy, we should fill it with a woman.”

One recurrent topic among all shareholders who spoke at the meeting was the issue of insecurity in the country such as vandalism, banditry, and terrorism amongst others. Shareholders implored the government to partner with various stakeholders both in the public and private sectors to resolve this issue which they described as crippling the economy.

Commenting on this, Patrick Ajudua said, “I want to assure you of our support to Oando and once we can solve these lingering issues of oil theft, we will be able to enjoy the fruit of our labour.”

Leaders of the various shareholders and proxies encouraged Oando’s management to focus on corporate actions that would be beneficial to all. Specifically, one shareholder applauded the company’s recent partnership with Lagos State for the launch of electric mass transit buses. They also encouraged the management team to maintain its tenacity in striving for company growth.

In addition, the motion to re-elect Ernst and Young (EY) as Auditors of the company wasn’t proposed following confirmation by Mrs. Ester Ajibola, the representative of Ernst and Young at the AGM, that EY has resigned as auditors of the company following years of successful service. She confirmed that the resignation had nothing to do with Oando or its management. She said, “there are no circumstances connected with the resignation that should be brought to the notice of the members or creditors of the Company.’’ In view of this, Oando has confirmed the appointment of BDO Professional Services as its Auditors

In response to shareholders’ statements, the GCE, Oando PLC, Adewale Tinubu, reaffirmed the management’s commitment to continually do what’s in the best interest of shareholders.

Now with Oando in the ‘safe hands’ of Tinubu, industry watchers are of the views that the best of the company may have not yet been seen.

 

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Air Peace Boss, Allen Onyema,  Flying Like An Eagle

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With his huge body of work available as evidence, no wise person will dare bet against the indefatigable Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema, as he focuses again on performing new streaks of magic.

The aviation top shot is not one of your run-off-the-mill businessman. In several ways, he has proved to be head and shoulders above several competitors in the industry having proved himself to be one of the few Nigerians that rub shoulders with other top executives around the world.

From law to aviation, this great achiever has soared high on the wings of his uncommon brilliance and business acumen to become a shinning light in the sectors.

Like the majestic eagle, he perches atop the leading airline, Air Peace. Vigilant-eyed and sharp-nosed, he has never disappointed his mentees and admirers, and he doesn’t look like he’s going to start now.

After delivering such a resounding slap to the face of his numerous doubters who insist on remaining blind and deaf to his incontestable greatness, he has continued to do triple digit successes in all of his endeavours.

While many of his counterparts continue to groan in the midst of unforeseen economic hardship, Onyema’s has kept with the quote of a notable Zimbabwe politician, Roy Bennett that says, “Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.”

Under his watch, Air Peace has confidently kept to this vision of providing seamless connections and expanding existing network to accommodate the evolving air travel needs of the flying public.

Few  weeks ago, the airline expanded its network to Asia with the commencement of a direct one-weekly flight to Guangzhou, China.

It was gathered that a total of 240 passengers were carried out from Lagos directly to China on its Boeing 777 aircraft, while it also plans  to connect Beijing, Shanghai, others from Nigeria and utilising interline arrangement with Asian airline, soonest.

Many would recall that Air Peace successfully operated several evacuation/special flights to the country at different times in the past, especially in 2020, during the COVID-19 lockdown. After entering the China air travel market, Air Peace is now focused on growing its route networks to India and Israel.

Onyema began to show traces of greatness early in life. As a child, his dream was to become one of the greatest businessmen in the world. Luckily, providence has granted him his heart’s desire.

He has been able to stand tall despite all odds against him particularly in his business is what astounds many.

But what they don’t understand about this lawyer cum entrepreneur is that he was born with the proverbial lucky star.

Nevertheless, he has never taken the grace of God in his life for granted.

All his life, he has always aimed for the best. Even so, he has an abiding trust in the almighty God. He remains unshaken even when things are difficult and seem almost impossible to actualise.

Earlier in life, he started off as a lawyer and later ventured into the real estate business. As fate would have it, he again joined the players in the aviation sector.

Today, he’s regarded as one of the major players in West Africa’s Aviation Sector.

He is graceful in his fine grasp of business intricacies, with a very strong sense of deep erudition in discussions, especially in the area of aviation as well economic development in Nigeria. Also, he  has deep fountain of knowledge and a shining light in the business firmament.

Those close to him revealed that he has remained relevant based on his wonted tenacity and doggedness.

No doubts, evidence abounds. Despite a series of negative media attacks targeted at maliciously denting the reputation he has built over the years with dedication, selflessness and hard work, he has always been vindicated.

The cosmopolitan business magnate, who had sowed in tears, is currently reaping bountifully, as his airline, Air Peace, is being showered accolades by all for its seamless services and good customer relations.

Leveraging on his intelligence in the business, Onyeama has been able to move his company from an indigenous airline leasing a few planes to owning fleets plying international routes; thus, putting Air Peace in the leagues of industry players in Africa and the rest of the world while also according Nigeria the great prestige she deserves among the comity of nations.

He has created well over 5000 jobs through the establishment of Air Peace in 2014. And in less than eight  years, the airline has grown to own the largest fleet in West Africa.

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