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”We have lost a good guy and a consummate businessman”- Wale Tinubu Mourns Ogunbanjo

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Wale Tinubu with late Ogunbanjo

Since last Friday the entire business world has been thrown into mourning mood over the death of Acess bank PLC, boss, his wife, son and also Abimbola Ogunbanjo that all died in the ill fated chopper crash in the US.

The Group Chief Executive, Oando Group, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, in his heartfelt tribute , he described late Abimbola Ogunbanjo as good guy and a consummate businessman whose contribution to the Nigerian Stock Exchange would be remembered for a very long time.

Tinubu wrote:

The world knew you as Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former President of the National Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and more recently the former Group Chairman of the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX Group) where you played a pivotal role in the demutualization of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.  
I knew you as Oluwabims. The dashing, debonair, stylish, and joyful lawyer.
It’s with a heavy heart that I note that we won’t do 37 years of friendship. We have lost a good guy and the business world, a consummate businessman.
I take solace in the knowledge that you lived life to the fullest, and though gone too soon, we are blessed with many years of beautiful memories.
May your Soul rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ogunbanjo family, and may the Good Lord grant every one of us the fortitude to bear this great loss.
Craigo, to say you’ll be missed, is an understatement. Rest easy, my good friend.

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Crash: Aig-Imokhuede, Folawiyo second helicopter report is false

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Late Herbert Wigwe

A report claiming that a second helicopter was involved in the crash that claimed the life of Herbert Wigwe, the group chief executive officer (GCEO) of Access Holdings Plc is not true, according to investigations.
The unfortunate crash happened on Friday, February 9 in California near the Nevada border. The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) providing details, disclosed that the Eurocopter EC130 helicopter that departed Palm Springs crashed around 10 p.m. California time.
Aside Wigwe, the crash claimed his wife, son, and Abimbola Ogunbanjo, the former group chairman of Nigerian Exchange Group Plc (NGX Group), among others.
However, the misleading report claiming that they were two helicopters that departed together for the same destination has been discredited.
According to the erroneous report, while one chopper had the deceased and his family on board, the second had Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Wigwe’s business partner and former Access Bank CEO, and Tunde Folawiyo, a business mogul, on the other.
Checks have revealed that the news is false and misleading. The FAA did not reveal a second chopper departing Palm Springs with the ill-fated Eurocopter EC130 helicopter.
A statement obtained from the FAA confirmed the deaths of six people aboard the helicopter, adding that the US agency was initiating an investigation with the National Transportation Safety Board.
A public commentator, Japheth Omojuwa, also weighing in a post on X (formerly Twitter), expressed dismay at the disregard for due diligence by the media. He said, “Journalists and influencers cannot afford to dissociate their work from the responsibility to report only what they know, not what they imagine.”
“I have it on good authority that Mr. Folawiyo had not even arrived in the United States, and the two helicopter narrative is a concoction.”

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Senator Gbenga Daniel Steals Show at Sonny Kuku’s Installation as Ogbeni Oja of Ijebuland

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An accomplished entrepreneur, Dr. Sonny Kuku, has been officially installed as the Ogbeni Oja of Ijebuland at a spectacular ceremony held at the palace of the Awujale of Ijebuland earlier today. 
The event was graced by His Excellency, The Senator Otunba Engr Gbenga Daniel, FNSE, FAEng, along with esteemed dignitaries, including former governors of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
The installation ceremony, presided over by HRM Oba (Dr) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, CFR, Ogbagba II, the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, showcased the rich cultural heritage and traditional values of the Ijebu people. 
Others in attendance were Ogun State deputy governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele; Akarigbo and paramount ruler of Remoland Oba Babatunde Ajayi; Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, among other distinguished personalities.
The Otunba Obalofin of Ijebuland and a member of the Royal Court of Awujale, Senator Daniel, received public acknowledgment for his significant contributions during the ceremony. 
The former governor was praised for his generosity in conceding the pavilion, the venue of the installation, to the palace during his tenure as the governor the state among his numerous contributions to Ijebuland. 
Ogidi Omo, as he is fondly called, was also lauded for his exceptional service and appreciated for his transformative leadership.
The installation of Dr. Kuku is of immense cultural significance to Ijebuland. It is the most prestigious chieftaincy title in the Awujale administration and the highest non-hereditary title an Ijebu can aspire to. It is usually given to successful businessmen who are accomplished in their chosen career.
The first Ogbeni Oja was the late Chief Adeola Odutola, an Ijebu icon who in his lifetime was easily one of the most successful industrialists in Yorubaland. When he died, the Awujale made Otunba Bayo Kuku, the next Ogbeni Oja.
The position has been vacant since 2015 when the last occupant died.

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Senator Gbenga Daniel Extends Condolence Visit to Family of Late Engr. Philip Bolude Oyebolu

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OGD with the families of late Oyebolu


Senator Gbenga Daniel, a prominent political figure and former governor of Ogun State, has paid a heartfelt condolence visit today to the family of the late Ven. Engr. Philip Bolude Oyebolu at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State. 
Ven. Engr. Oyebolu, born on June 16, 1930, was a distinguished individual with an illustrious career. 
He attended Government College, Ibadan, and furthered his studies at the University of Edinburgh, obtaining a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 1958. His professional journey led him to work with Marconi in the UK, and upon returning to Nigeria in 1961, he contributed significantly to the Department of Post and Telecommunications.
Engr. Oyebolu’s career highlights include rising to the position of Senior Engineer in 1965 and later joining the professional products Division of Phillips Nigeria Limited. 
In 1975, he founded his consulting company, Messrs Molecular Consultants, specializing in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Services. He retired from the firm in 1990.
A distinguished Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (U.K.), and the Nigerian Association of Health Engineering, Engr. Oyebolu served as President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and Vice-President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). He later transitioned to the clergy and held positions such as Vicar in various Anglican churches, including St. Batholomew Anglican Church, Surulere, and Anglican Church of Pentecost, Festac Town.
Engineer Oyebolu was also a foundation Fellow of The Nigerian Academy of Engineering, showcasing his significant contributions to the engineering field.
Senator Gbenga Daniel, acknowledging the profound legacy of Engr. Oyebolu, expressed his condolences to the family and lauded the late engineer’s remarkable achievements. 
The visit aimed to provide comfort and solidarity to the grieving family as they navigate through this period of loss.
“The late Engr. Philip Bolude Oyebolu’s impact on the engineering profession and his devoted service in the Anglican Church will be remembered with reverence.
“May his soul rest in peace,” Otunba Daniel stated.

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