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Fayemi, Fayose in thug of war over ban from holding Public office for 10years by Ekiti state Government

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The Ekiti State Government has banned the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, from holding public office in the state for 10 years.

The ban followed the indictment of Mr. Fayemi by a judicial commission of inquiry which probed his tenure as governor of Ekiti State between 2010 and 2014.

A white paper stipulating the ban was released Monday.

The state also banned Dapo Kolawole, who served as Commissioner for Finance under Mr. Fayemi.

In a reaction, Mr. Fayemi dismissed the verdict of the white paper as “a joke taken too far”. He said it was “perhaps a joke of the century” that “shall not stand”.

He restated his position that the inquiry by the Ayo Fayose-led government was a “witch-hunt and victimisation”.

In the white paper, received by Mr. Fayose, the government also chided Messrs Fayemi and Kolawole for their refusal to appear before the commission even after the case filed at the High Court, challenging the setting of the commission, was decided in favour of the commission.

The report had accused Mr. Fayemi of diverting funds meant for the construction of various projects, for which the state is now indebted.

ThebCommissioner for Information, Lanre Ogunsuyi, while addressing journalists after the State executive council meeting on Monday, where the white paper was officially approved, said Messrs. Fayemi and Kolawole exhibited disrespect for a constituted authority, in spite of their “undignified” roles in administering the state during their tenure.

 

“They are banned from holding public office in Ekiti and any part of Nigeria,” he declared.

“Government views accountability and probity as hallmark of good governance. Therefore, the government decided to set up the Judicial Panel of Inquiry in line with its law enacted in 2012.

“The government viewed seriously the report and it intend to carry out all the recommendations in the report,” he said.

Other aspects of the white paper as read out by Mr. Ogunsuyi include urging Messrs. Fayemi and Kolawole to refund N2.7 billion they allegedly allocated for the execution of the contract for ultra-modern market, which was never executed.

The government further directed the Ministry of Justice to institute appropriate legal actions to effect the refund and follow up on necessary legal processes.

“His Excellency, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Dapo Kolawole should be made to account for the difference of N340 million from the N1.5 billion earmarked from the bond proceeds for the upgrade of infrastructure at ikogosi warm spring which could not be accounted for,” the report stated.

Mr. Fayose, while responding to the recommendations of the white paper, justified the adoption of the recommendations of the report.

“We are doing what is right within the ambit of the law by appointing competent people for the assignment. We must be seen to be doing the right thing and it is not wrong to ask how the finances of the state have been appropriated within a given time and we are following due process,” he said.

“The APC government could probe this and that, even if you say they are biased, what can anyone do? I am not part of the panel that sat for the inquiry, they submitted the report to me and I presented it to appropriate organ and I will do the same with this document. This is not personal in anyway, we are only doing the right thing and following due process.

“The Presidency appointed Ibrahim Magu, and Professor Mamoud and these people are doing their work. The Federal Government also appointed judges, does this mean that these appointees would not do the right things?”

 

Mr. Fayemi dismissed the ban, saying, “The entire process and the character personae involved are discredited and since it is impossible to build something on nothing, legally speaking, their recommendation is not only null and void, it is ultra vires.”

“The attention of the Media Office of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has been drawn to the pre-meditated verdict of the Ekiti State Government, as contained in the white paper submitted by the panel set up by Governor Ayo Fayose to investigate the finances of the state between 2010 and 2014,” the statement signed by his media aide, Yinka Oyebode, said.

“While we believe it is part of the responsibilities of the state administration to look into the finances of the state at any point in time, we are also of the belief that such must be done in a very responsible manner devoid of prejudice, witch hunting and a calculated attempt to victimise a citizen.

“In this particular case, the entire process is discredited right from the beginning, as the only agenda of the panel was to rubbish Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s public service record.

“One is therefore not surprised at the recommendations of the White Paper: It only goes to confirm our initial position that the panel was compromised right from inception and targeted against Dr. Fayemi.

“In his desperation, Governor Fayose chose the crude and ignoble path towards hitting a perceived political foe.

“In the process, they ignored the rule of law and behaved as if the court does not matter. Thus making their actions subjudice to the court.

“Fayose was however misguided into believing that he could pass a death sentence on Dr Fayemi’s public service with the white paper. This is not only laughable, but ridiculous, as neither Governor Fayose nor his paid agents has the power to bar anyone from political participation.”

Mr. Fayemi urged his supporters, the people of Ekiti State and the general public not to be disturbed by the development, adding that it was another act of illegality, from an administration that had “elevated political debauchery to state craft”.

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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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