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Lagos: Two Directors Who Were Lovers Fight Dirty Over #45m Property

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Two Directors of Lagos State government, who were secret lovers, have thrown decency to the wind and engaged in public fight over an N45m property reportedly jointly bought during the love tango.

P.M.EXPRESS reports that the relationship has broken up and the estranged lovers are now fighting it out in a Lagos Court over the ownership of the property located at Baba Yusuf in Alausa area of Ikeja, Lagos.

The two gladiators are the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Olufemi Oke-Osanyitolu and Ms Olaide Ibraheem, who is a Director, Admin and Human Resources in the Lagos State Office of Civic Engagement.

The lovers, who had a sizzling affair while they were still workers of the Lagos State Government, have ended up at the Court over the property as both claim ownership.

P.M.EXPRESS confirmed that Dr. Oke-Osanyitolu dragged Olaide Ibraheem, to Court over the ownership of the plum property located at No. 1, Baba Yusuf Close, Alausa, Lagos, which the Igbosere High Court had fixed 7th February, 2020, for the adoption of final written addresses in the case.

Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye fixed the date after hearing submissions from the Defence Counsel, Adeoye Asaolu, and the Lead State Prosecutor, Akin George.
Ms Ibraheem was arraigned on May 22, 2017 and faces a three-count charge of forgery, forcible entry and criminal damage to the property which allegedly belongs to Oke-Sanyitolu.

During the trial, four witnesses, including Oke-Osanyitolu, his personal assistant and a signature expert, testified for the prosecution while six witnesses, including Ibraheem, a surveyor and a Police officer testified on behalf of the defence.
In his testimony, Oke-Osanyitolu told the Court that he and the defendant were formerly lovers and top civil servants working for the Lagos State Government.

He said that in the course of their relationship, he needed accommodation for his ailing mother and had sought Ibraheem’s help in getting an accommodation.
Oke-Sanyitolu said the defendant negotiated the purchase of the property on his behalf for N45 million from the former owner, Baba Yusuf, in Kano.

The LASEMA DG told the Court that he made payment for the property in installments via Luqman Salami, his personal assistant, and that he paid a balance of N1. 5 million the day the Deed of Assignment was signed.
Five people, including the defendant, were present when the Deed was signed but only four persons – myself, the owner of the property, Baba Yusuf, his son Musa Yusuf and Salami, my personal assistant signed the document,” he said.

According to Oke-Sanyitolu, following the breakdown of their relationship, the defendant in order to unlawfully lay claim to the property, fraudulently made another Deed of Assignment and forged his signature on the fake document.
He said that Ibraheem, with the aid of hoodlums, also unlawfully broke into and took possession of the property.
The LASEMA chief noted that when he reported his ex-lover’s actions to the authorities, she threatened his life and said she will show him the power of women.

Ibraheem, while testifying in her defence, said the property belonged to her. She said that when she wanted to buy the property, she visited Baba Musa, the former owner of the property in Kano. However, he had said that due to religious reasons, he could not sell the property to a woman, unless she came with her spouse. Ibraheem said that obliging the request of Baba Musa, Oke-Sanyitolu accompanied her to buy the property.

The defendant in her version of events said that four persons – herself, the owner of the property, his son and Oke-Sanyitolu signed the Deed of Assignment while Salami, Oke-Sanyitolu’s personal assistant was a witness.


She said at the end of their relationship, she got wind of the fact that Oke-Sanyitolu had procured another Deed of Assignment for the property. Ibraheem noted that the new Deed did not contain her signature and that he was trying to register the new Deed at the Lagos State Ministry of Lands.

The director denied taking over the property illegally from the complainant.
According to the prosecution, Ibraheem allegedly committed the offences in September 2015 at the disputed property. The alleged offences contravene Sections 52, 339 and 365(3) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Source: PM Express

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BBC To Cut 500 Jobs As It Attempts To Save £200m For ‘Transformation’ Of The Corporation

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The BBC has announced plans to cut 500 jobs as it attempts to save £200 million to drive the “transformation” of the corporation.

Chief operating adviser, Leigh Tavaziva said it is making the changes to improve its premium video offering and digital capabilities.

It comes as the BBC is already attempting to save £500 million as part of a plan announced two years ago.

Tavaziva said “significant activity” is already underway to make the corporation “more flexible”.

She said: “In March this year we announced a requirement for an additional £200 million of savings and reinvestment plans to drive the continued transformation of the BBC.

“This will support greater investment into premium video content and further develop our digital capabilities.”

She added: “To further build our digital capabilities, whilst targeting efficiencies, over the next two years we will continue to close and transfer roles in some areas and create new roles in growth areas.

“This will result in a forecast net reduction of 500 roles in the public service by March 26, with further growth in targeted areas planned in our commercial group.

“To support these changes we will today be launching a new voluntary redundancy scheme for staff.

“Our priority remains to protect and champion the BBC’s fighting role as the UK’s public service broadcaster, for all our audiences both local and global.

“I would like to thank all colleagues for their continued efforts and commitments over the past 12 months.

“I am immensely proud of the exceptional content creativity, delivery, and innovation that our teams both provide and support every day.”

The BBC announced in March 2023 that it was to cut 1,000 hours of TV in order to save money, with half of that coming from sport.

In the same year, the corporation announced it was scrapping its in-house chamber choir, the BBC Singers, and reducing salaried orchestral posts across the BBC English Orchestras by around 20%.

In December 2022 it said that it was making £11m worth of cuts in local radio, which saw its 39 stations required to share content and broadcast less localised content.

Back in 2016, the BBC said it needed to cut £800m worth of costs, with £80m of that coming from news.

The move saw the Andrew Neil Show axed in 2020, along with 450 jobs in English regional TV news and current affairs, local radio and online news.

 

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I Have No Blending Plant Outside Nigeria, NNPC Boss Kyari Replies Dangote

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The Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari has said he does not own a blending plant outside Nigeria.

Kyari stated this on Tuesday, July 23, while reacting to claims that some officials of the NNPC have blending plants in Malta.

Reacting in a post on his X handle (formerly Twitter), Kyari said he had been inundated with calls from family members and friends, asking if he truly owns a blending plant in Malta.

Kyari stated that he does not own or operate any business directly or by proxy anywhere in the world except a local mini-agricultural venture.

He also said he is not aware of any employee of the NNPC that owns or operates a blending plant in Malta or anywhere else in the world.

“I am inundated by enquiries from family members, friends and associates on the public declaration by the President of Dangote Group that some NNPC workers have established a blending plant in Malta thereby impeding procurements from local production of Petroleum products.

“To clarify the allegations regarding the blending plant, I do not own or operate any business directly or by proxy anywhere in the world with the exception of a local mini Agric venture, neither am I aware of any employee of the NNPC, that owns or operates a blending plant in Malta or anywhere else in the world.

“A blending plant in Malta or any part of the world has no influence over NNPC’s business operations and strategic actions.”

The NNPC boss threatened to sanction any official of the NNPC involved in such acts if they truly exist.

 

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Just In: Shelve Planned Protest -Tinubu Begs Nigerians

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President Bola Tinubu has appealed to Nigerians to shelve planned protests against bad governance in the country, slated for next month.

The appeal was made known by Information Minister Mohammed Idris, who briefed State House correspondents after a meeting with the President on Tuesday.

Idris said Tinubu urged the organisers of the protest to shelve the plan and await the President’s response to their complaints.

“The issue of the planned protest, Mr President does not see any need for that. He’s asked them to shelve that plan. He’s asked them to await the government’s response to all their pleas,” the minister said.

The protest against economic hardship, which is gaining traction on social media, has been scheduled to hold across all states of the Federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, starting from August 1.

JomogNews reports that the prices of food and basic commodities have gone through the roof in the last months.

Many Nigerians currently are battling one of the country’s worst inflation and economic crisis sparked by the government’s twin policies of petrol subsidy removal and unification of forex windows.

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