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How custom officers turned Abule-Egba into a bloody zone over bags of rice

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A bus conductor, identified as Toheeb Olayiwola, was shot dead in Abule Egba area of Lagos on Wednesday, allegedly by customs men chasing a bus loaded with smuggled bags of rice.

An eyewitness, Ahmed Ogundairo, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the victim was in the bus with registration number LND685XJ coming from Sango and headed toward Lagos.

Mr. Ogundairo said that customs men accosted the bus at Abule Egba and started shooting sporadically which resulted to the victim’s death.

“The commercial bus, which was loaded with bags of rice, was en-route Mushin from Sango when the customs stopped the bus and started shooting.

“My friend was inside the bus to assist in offloading the rice but he was shot dead when he tried to escape from the scene.

“The bus was hired to deliver the rice to Mushin,’’ he said.

Another eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NAN that the victim was not a smuggler but a transporter with a commercial bus.

A policeman from Oke-Odo Division, who was at the scene of the accident, said that no official statement could be made until the arrival of the Divisional Police Officer.

He said that the incident occurred at about 6.30 a.m.

 

NAN reports that there was no customs official at the scene to give an account of the incident but LASTMA officials were seen controlling vehicular traffic.

Angry youths who protested the killing set bonfire under the bridge while the corpse of the victim was at the scene at 7.30 a.m. when NAN correspondent left the area.

The Customs Public Relations Officer, Federal Operations, Ikeja, Jerry Attah, said the unit received a report of the incident from its patrol team.

Mr. Attah said that the team trailed a vehicle loaded with smuggled rice to Abule-Egba, a suburb of Lagos.

He said the customs men were mobbed by the smugglers who prevented the officers from carrying out their duties.

Mr. Attach later released a statement claiming nobody was killed in the incident.

“On January 17, 2018 (today), at about 05.30hrs, operatives of the Federal Operations Unit, acting on a tip-off, traced one LT Bus Loaded with unspecified bags of smuggled foreign parboiled rice from Sango Area and eventually stopped it at Abule Egba.

“Before he was finally halted at Abule Egba, the driver started shouting and making inciting comments that attracted mob action against the officers with different dangerous weapons such as broken bottles, stones and cutlasses.

“Obviously, he had driven to where he could get his associates to help attack the Customs Officers.

“Given support of the mob, he resisted lawful arrest and the other armed operatives fired shots in the air to disperse the raging mob but to no avail.

 

“As a responsible organisation, the officers retracted back to avoid any casualty.

“We appreciate and thank God that no life was lost as at the time of the confrontation, even though two of our officers sustained injuries.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the fact that a smuggler has evaded scrutiny either by following unapproved route or compromising any officer does not guarantee that the smuggled item will not be seized anywhere it is found by patrol officers whose duty is to ensure compliance.’’

 

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GTCO Rated Nigeria’s Strongest Brand and Best Banking Brand in Nigeria

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GTCO Rated Nigeria’s Strongest Brand and Best Banking Brand in Nigeria

Africa’s leading financial services institution, Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (“GTCO” or “the Group”), has added to its impressive haul of accolades as it was recently named Nigeria’s strongest brand and Best Banking Brand in Nigeria by Brand Finance and Global Brands Magazine, respectively. These awards not only reaffirm GTCO’s position as a leading financial services group but also spotlights the Group’s enduring reputation as a customer-focused brand.

Over the years, GTCO has demonstrated remarkable commitment to shaping the future of financial services in Africa and is renowned for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement. The Group’s brand strength is underpinned by a strong commitment to delivering cutting-edge financial solutions, fostering meaningful customer relationships, and Promoting Enterprise using its proprietary free business platforms. Commenting on the two awards, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Segun Agbaje, said: “These achievements are a reflection of our unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction, as well as to building a truly international brand from our proudly African roots. We are delighted to receive these recognitions and inspired to continue delivering our promise of enriching lives with every opportunity.”

GTCO is a leading financial services group with banking operations in Nigeria, West Africa, East Africa, and the United Kingdom alongside non-banking verticals in HabariPay, Guaranty Trust Fund Managers, and Guaranty Trust Pension Managers. Its leadership in the banking industry and efforts at empowering people and communities has earned it many prestigious awards over the years. The Group’s flagship banking franchise, Guaranty Trust Bank, was named Nigeria’s Best Bank and Best Bank in CSR at the 2023 Euromoney Awards for Excellence, Best Banking Group in Nigeria by World Finance, and Best Bank in Nigeria by Global Finance. Guaranty Trust Bank is featured in the Top 1000 Banks in the World and Top 100 Banks in Africa rankings by The Banker.

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Nigerian Barrister Orbby Vanessa Agwuncha aka BossLadyLaw Honored at Visionary African Women Summit in Kigali*

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**Nigerian Barrister Orbby Vanessa Agwuncha aka BossLadyLaw Honored at Visionary African Women Summit in Kigali*

 

 

KIGALI, RWANDA – Barrister Obiageli (Orbby) Vanessa Agwuncha, popularly known as BossladyLaw, a distinguished Nigerian lawyer, was recently recognized and awarded at the Visionary African Women Summit, held from June 12th to June 16th, 2024, in Kigali, Rwanda.

The summit gathered influential women from across Sub-Saharan Africa who have significantly impacted their communities through their careers, philanthropy, and community development efforts. The event focused on ensuring women are seen as positive contributors to society, moving beyond traditional objectification and specialization roles often depicted in the media.

This summit marked a departure from the typical portrayal of African women, emphasizing their positive and contributory roles in various sectors. Barr Orbby, in her address, highlighted women’s rights and the legal protections available to them, using Nigeria as a case study. She discussed the existing legal loopholes and suggested improvements to better protect women’s rights.

In her speech, BossladyLaw expressed her gratitude to the organizers for inviting her as a guest speaker and recognizing her achievements in Nigeria’s legal profession.

She also severed the rights to women empowerment. where women can have financial stability.

“It imperative that Every women should attain a source of income no matter how small”

During the summit, Prof Ogechi Adeola the Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Kigali Rwanda presented an award to Barr Orbby Vanessa Agwuncha, (BossladyLaw), she was elated.

The Visionary African Women Summit aims to create a thriving community of African women from various fields to inspire, empower, and equip them as nation builders. The event featured insightful keynote presentations, interactive panel discussions, networking sessions, award presentations, exhibitions, entertainment, and a tour of Kigali.

 

Nigerian Barrister Orbby Vanessa Agwuncha aka BossLadyLaw Honored at Visionary African Women Summit in Kigali*

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Detained Binance executive Gambaryan has access to quality medical care, Nigerian govt Reveals

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Detained Binance executive, Gambaryan has access to quality medical care, Nigerian govt Reveals

Detained Binance executive Gambaryan has access to quality medical care, Nigerian govt Reveals

 

 

The Nigerian Government has denied keeping Binance Executive, Tigran Gambaryan in unsavory prison conditions.

The government said Gambaryan is being lawfully detained and has access to quality healthcare facility.

Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, said Gambaryan also has access to consular services from his country.

 

Detained Binance executive, Gambaryan has access to quality medical care, Nigerian govt Reveals

 

A statement by Idris reads: “It has become necessary for the Federal Government of Nigeria to address claims that Binance Executive, Tigran Gambaryan is being held in unsavory prison conditions in Nigeria, or that his health is deteriorating.

 

 

“We would like to state that these allegations are false and should be ignored.

“Gambaryan is being held in lawful detention and has access to quality medical care whenever required.

“He also has full access to consular services from his home government.

 

 

“The Federal Government will not do anything to jeopardize his fundamental rights to lawful trial, and to quality care, including healthcare, even as he undergoes trial by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

 

“It is worth reiterating that his detention is a court-ordered one, and only the court can alter the terms or direct his release.

 

 

“The Federal Government of Nigeria will continue to follow due process in its quest to bring Binance to justice — a legitimate sovereign quest that is similarly being pursued in several other countries around the world.

 

 

“This adherence to legal and diplomatic standards underscores Nigeria’s dedication to upholding justice and maintaining the integrity of its judicial processes.

 

 

“The executive is being treated with the utmost fairness, and his legal and human rights are being protected throughout the judicial proceedings.”

 

 

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