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Olumide Osoba beaten up by former best friend, Sujimoto



Blow-by-Blow Account of The Boxing Day Show of Shame That Went Down At SIP Club

Strategically nestled on the ever bustling street of Akin Adesola Road, Victoria Island, is SIP Nightclub. It is regarded as the most prestigious night club in Lagos. Many reasons account for this fact. Over the years, SIP Nightclub, which shares the same space with the super swanky Zen Bar, has consistently sustained its upmarket lane; it is wholly elitist in terms of membership and it is the meeting point for the most fabulous upwardly mobile young men and women. 

However, the exclusivity of civility which had hitherto been identified with this elitist nightclub, was shattered during the last Boxing Day, Thursday 26 December. At the center of the shameful drama were Sujibomi Ogundele, the self-acclaimed real estate and construction mogul, who is also known as Sujimoto and his former best friend, Honourable Olumide Osoba, a lawmaker representing Abeokuta North, Odeda and Obafemi-Owode Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives; and first son of Akinrogun Olusegun Osoba, the former governor of Ogun state.

The ELITES exclusively gathered that the two former best friends had engaged in a physical combat, reminiscent of the recent boxing bout between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz. At the end of the fight, Sujibomi, who is a devout gym enthusiast, allegedly did to Osoba, what Joshua did to Ruiz during their boxing bout in Saudi Arabia. 

Eye witness accounts disclosed that on the fateful day when the fight between the former friends broke out, SIP Nightclub was packed full to the brim, as the high-end fashionable crowd trooped in to let their hairs down. All of a sudden there was pandemonium and commotion by the left side of the club’s entrance, where tables were usually reserved for the Big Boys. 

Olumide Osoba, beaten up by former best friend

In a nightclub, which was filled, inch to inch with patrons, it is difficult to tell exactly what could have triggered the physical combat. However, according to sources who witnessed the scuffle, Sujimoto was the first to lash out with a staccato of heavy punches on Olumide. His dexterity in boxing was expressly displayed. Sujimoto, who grew up in Ahmadiyya area in Agege, Lagos, really proved that he was a street boy. Unfortunately, Olumide, an ajebota, who scores low in Street Credibility class, tried so hard to dodge some of the blows dealt to him. But he wasn’t so lucky. His feeble attempt at retaliating Sujimoto with some blows also turned out to be an exercise in futility. 

Sourcws disclosed to The ELITES that it was a most shocking scenario as Sujimoto is regarded as a committed patron of many night clubs and he has never had any reason to fight anyone in clubs. So also is Olumide Osoba, who is described to be reserved and quiet by nature. 

Interestingly too, a few hours before he got beaten up by Sujimoto, Olumide had hosted a select few friends to a house party at his Parkview mansion in Ikoyi. Hence, it was not out of place for him to have headed to the club in the wee hours of Friday, December 27, with some of his friends. 

Sensing that Sujimoto had humiliated their friend by having the upper hand in the fight, Olumide’s friends decided to fight back. Unfortunately for them, the self-acclaimed real estate mogul, was in the company of his friends. Sujimoto, who is regarded as the number one Champagne popper in Lagos, always has many other big boys and girls on his tables at clubs. Thus, his friends were reported to have risen to the occasion and challenged Olumide and his friends to a free for all. 

Sujimoto, flanked by his two godfathers -Akinrogun Olusegun Osoba and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state.

However, the brewing war was quelled by the some club patrons and security men. The situation was eventually brought under control, and the night rolled on like it never happened.

Some of the Lagos big boys present during the drama were Tobi Osoba, the younger brother of Olumide, who was reported to have tried to calm his two big brothers down, because Sujimoto has always been like a family member within the Osoba household. Also present was Tive Ibru, the Director of The Guardian newspapers and son of society matriarch, Lady Maiden Ibru. High flying fashionista, Kunle Onitiri was also present as he struggled to calm Sujimoto down. 

It is imperative to note that Sujimoto and Olumide used to be close friends and they were inseparable. But all of a sudden, their friendship went south and they have refused to talk about what exactly caused this friendship to end. However the two Big Boys were said to still tolerate each other’s presence and they tried to put up with themselves whenever they run into each other in public. So, to many bonafide members of the Lagos social establishment, this fight was not too much of a surprise. 

Meanwhile, Sujimoto, after pummeling his former friend, Olumide, also pulled a fast one on him. He was reported to have played the victim and immediately placed a call to his father, Akinrogun Osoba to report that Olumide had attacked him at the club. 

Sources disclosed that some notable elders within the society are working towards reconciling the feuding friends. 

Source: The Elites



Fidelity Bank Eyes Oversubscription To N127.1 Billion Combined Offers




Against the background of groundswell of supports and enthusiasm for the bank’s ongoing offers, Fidelity Bank Plc has started preparations to allow the bank absorb oversubscriptions.

With investors rallying behind the bank’s N127.1 billion combined rights and public offer, market pundits had indicated that the bank would raise more than initial size of the combined offer.

Reports have shown high subscription levels for the offers early weeks of the offer period, riding on the back of acceptances by existing shareholders and demand by the general investing public.

Fidelity Bank is offering a rights issue of 3.2 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each at N9.25 per share. The bank is also simultaneously offering 10 billion ordinary shares of 50 kobo each to the general investing public at N9.75 per share.

The acceptance and application lists for the rights issue and public offer, which opened on Thursday, June 20, 2024, are scheduled to close on Monday, July 29, 2024. The rights issue has been pre-allotted on the basis of one new ordinary share for every 10 existing ordinary shares held as at the close of business on Friday, January 05, 2024.

With promising feedbacks from receiving agents and as shareholders, investors, experts and other stakeholders continue to rate the combined offers high, the board of Fidelity Bank has called an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to enable the bank to absorb expected surplus funds.

Shareholders are scheduled to meet later this month to authorise the company “to accept surplus monies arising from potential oversubscription of the combined offer in such proportion as may be determined by the board of directors, subject to the company’s issued share capital and obtaining relevant regulatory approvals”.

Shareholders are also expected to increase the issued share capital of the company from N22.6 billion divided into 45.2 billion ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each to N26.70 billion through the creation of up to 8.2 billion in order to “accommodate potential oversubscription of the combined offer in the proportion of 5.0 billion additional ordinary shares under the public offer and 3.2 billion additional ordinary shares under the rights issue”.

The meeting will also mandate the board to take all necessary actions in line with the absorption of the oversubscription funds.

The board of the bank reiterated its commitment to retain the bank’s international banking license by meeting the new capital requirement within the regulatory timeframe.

According to the board, the resolutions proposed for shareholders’ approval at the upcoming EGM of July 26, 2024, are to enable acceptance of potential oversubscription from the combined offer, subject to relevant regulatory approvals.

The board pointed out that with the resolutions to accept oversubscription, the bank will be in stronger position to take advantage of emerging business opportunities and secure long-term profitability and competitive advantage, while ensuring increased shareholder value.

The net proceeds of the offer would be applied to investments in information technology infrastructure, business and regional expansion, and product distribution channels.

“The company is on a strong growth trajectory and requires additional capital for improved profitability, expansion- domestic and international, and enhancement of its digital capabilities.

“Continuing advances in technology, the rapid evolution of the business of banking, and changes in the operating landscape also make it imperative that the bank remains agile, adaptable and properly positioned to respond appropriately to developments, whilst remaining a competitive and forward-looking institution,” the board stated.

Directors of the bank assured that notwithstanding the continued rapid evolution of the banking industry, Fidelity Bank has been placed on foundation for strong and sustainable growth.

Fidelity Bank Plc’s combined N127.1 billion rights and public offer had struck early success as enthusiastic shareholders mobilise to pick their pre-allotted shares and buy more stakes in Nigeria’s most-widely owned commercial bank.

Shareholders have said they would pick their rights and buy more shares from the public offer in a massive show of support and positioning in the bank. Fidelity Bank had delivered an average annual capital gain of more than 100 per cent over the past five years and ranked among the elite stocks with the highest corporate governance rating at the Nigerian stock market.

In separate interviews, shareholders across Nigeria’s leading shareholders’ associations, said the pricing of the highly discounted rights issue and public offer, the operational growth of the bank over the years, dividend records and capital gains were attractions to buy more stakes in the bank. Fidelity Bank is one of the few companies that pay dividends twice a year at the stock market.

They envisioned that a post-recapitalisation Fidelity Bank would deliver higher returns and continue to be a leading preserver of values for shareholders’ wealth.

The shareholders, who spoke through their leaders, said recapitalisation has offered good opportunity to the investing public to buy into good banking stocks at reduced prices, noting that banks are the most influential stocks at the Nigerian market. Subscribers to primary market issues are exempted from paying transaction costs, unlike direct purchase through the secondary market.

Shareholders, under the auspices of Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Ibadan Zone Shareholders Association (IBZA), Association for the Advancement of Rights of Nigerian Shareholders (AARNS), Pragmatic Shareholders Association of Nigeria and Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria among others, said they were picking up their rights and mobilising supports for the bank.

The general shareholders’ endorsements represent a major boost for Fidelity Bank, which has the most diversified retail shareholders’ base among Nigerian banks.

With nearly 400,000 shareholders, no single shareholder held up to 5.0 per cent of the issued share capital of the bank. Five per cent and above are considered the material shareholding under extant laws and market regulations.

Rights issue is traditionally pre-allotted on the basis of existing shareholdings and its success, most often, depend largely on the satisfaction and enthusiasm of existing shareholders.

Fidelity Bank appears to be riding high on its highly diversified shareholding base with its popularity showing across all cadres of investors in the market. The shareholders’ comments came on the heels of similar positive comments by investment experts and capital market stakeholders.

The combined rights and public offers had opened to a rousing support from the investing public as key capital market stakeholders recalled the symbolic importance of Fidelity Bank’s impressive growths and investor-friendly disposition over the years.

From the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) to stockbrokers, investors and customers; the N127.1 billion combined rights and public offer received unreserved recommendations, with industry thought leaders citing the performance of Fidelity Bank in its core banking operations and as a quoted company at the stock market.

They said Fidelity Bank’s N127.1 billion combined rights and public offer was the right way for the nation’s banking recapitalisation exercise to start as the bank, which has the highest corporate governance rating and an average annual capital gain of more than 100 per cent at the stock market, has strong appeal to the investing public.

The Doyen of Stockbrokers, the oldest practicing stockbroker, Alhaji Rasheed Yussuff, said Fidelity Bank has good records going for it with its history of impressive growth and profitability and dividend payments.

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NNPCL Explains Reason For Drop In Dangote Refinery’s Stake To 7.2%




The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited has said that it decided not to add to its earlier investment in the 650,000 barrels per day Dangote Refinery.

NNPCL spokesperson, Olufemi Soneye disclosed this in a terse statement in reaction to Dangote Refinery’s announcement that NNPC’s stake is now 7.2 percent contrary to the 20 percent stake.

According to Soneye, NNPCL had several months ago decided to cap its investment at the amount already paid.

Soneye said that the decision not to invest any further in the Dangote refinery did not impact NNPC’s business.

“Several months ago, we made a commercial decision to cap our investment at the amount already paid.

“This decision was taken by NNPC Ltd and has no impact on our business,” he said.

This comes as the Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, revealed that NNPCL’s stake in the Dangote Refinery is now 7.2 percent due to NNPC’s failure to pay the balance of their shares, which was due in June last month.

However, the position is contrary to the widely announced claim by the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL, Mele Kyari, that the company had bought 20 percent in Dangote Refinery.


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Dem Staffer Fired After Saying Donald Trump Gunman Should Have Taken ‘Shooting Lessons So You Don’t Miss Next Time’




Democrats staffer fired after saying Trump gunman should have taken ‘shooting lessons so you don’t miss next time’

A staff member of a Mississippi Democratic congressman has reportedly been fired after saying she wished sho0ter Thomas Crooks had ‘better aim’ to take Donald Trump’s life.

On Saturday evening, July 13, shortly after Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, attempted to assassinate the former president during a rally in Pennsylvania, Jacqueline Marsaw, the field director for Mississippi Congressman Bennie G. Thompson shared a vile post on Facebook about the attack.

Marsaw, 61, the president and vice president of a local NAACP in Natchez, Mississippi, has since deleted the post and her account, but screenshots have been shared across social media.

She shared: ‘I don’t condone violence but please get some shooting lessons so you don’t miss next time ooops that wasn’t me talking.’


Democratic congressman

In a follow-up post, she said: ‘That’s what your hate speech got you!!’

Marsaw has since been fired from her position by Mississippi Congressman Bennie G. Thompson.

‘I was made aware of a post made by a staff member and she is no longer in my employment,’ Thompson said

A member of the crowd was killed in the deadly sho0ting, while two others who were wounded are in a critical condition. All three are males, according to law enforcement officials.

After Trump was sh0t, the Secret Service swarmed around the 45th US President as piercing screams were heard from the MAGA crowd.

He then got to his feet with blood down his cheek and raised his fist in the air while the audience shouted ‘USA’ as he was dragged off stage.

Trump was taken to the hospital for treatment before being later released.

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