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Aregbesola, Famutimi, others to headline maiden TheFLEA Summit Nov. 30

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The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, will be headlining the inaugural The Freelanews Leadership and Entrepreneurship Awards (TheFLEA) conference billed to hold on Tuesday, November 22, 2021 at the prestigious Radisson Blu Hotel in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

Aregbesola, who was the immediate past governor of Osun State will present the keynote of the Leadership Series where he will be speaking on the event’s theme, “Inspiring the Future Through Quality Visioning and Influential Leadership.”

The keynote will lead up the National Periscope Discourse that will be ably handled by a distinguished panel, led by Chief Olabintan Famutimi, Chairman Tricontinental Group. Famutimi is an accomplished administrator, industrialist, and renown bilateral trade promoter, who has made an indelible impact in the Nigerian business space and has dedicated a large part of his life to the advancement of entrepreneurship, commerce and socio-economic development of the country. He will be bringing his wealth of experience to enhance the discussion around the theme of the conference.

Other esteemed speakers who will join the first panel discussion are Segun Showunmi, a Public Speaker/Politician; Olawale Olaleye, Deputy Editor, ThisDay Newspaper and Tubosun Osifowora, Principal Partner of Osifowora & Co. The session will be moderated by the veteran filmmaker, Fidelis Duker.

During the second session, the conversation will steer a bit away from the subject of core leadership to that of innovation. The session, “Innovation-Driven Policy Making in the Digital Age” will feature a rich lineup of speakers like Prince Dapo Adelegan, former Ondo State Gubernatorial Candidate and Chairman of Celtron Group, Princess Kelechi Oghene, MD/CEO, GMYT Fashion Academy; Tolu Medebem, COO/Lead Consultant, Aster Marketing; and Efe Omoregbe, CEO, Buckwyld Media. This session will be moderated by Oluwanisola Afolabi, Legal Officer, Lagos State.

Speaking on the forthcoming event, Convener of TheFLEA Leadership Conference and publisher of Freelanews, Victor Ojelabi, explained that initiative for the event is to focus the essence of leadership on the paradigm of long-term planning for sustainable development of the nation.

Adding that the event is planned to be an annual exclusive gathering of select public and private sector leaders who are providing such visionary leadership, both in discourse and practice.

“This year’s event is setting the tone for what will become a big platform of discourse for the advancement of leadership and development in Nigeria.

“And having the distinguished honourable minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, a veteran leader who has served across different leadership positions as the keynote for the maiden edition of this event is suitable for the times and theme of our event. Other distinguished speakers like Chief Famutimi will also bring indelible experience and contribute to the quality of discussion,” he said.

The event, which is two-fold, will feature an awards gala later in the evening to deserving Nigerians and brands.

“The awards night will be more of a story-telling night, presenting well researched insights on the activities of the awardees with informed projections of their impacts on our society within the next decade. These individuals will receive a symbolic gift to remind them of what our collective futures hold because of what they do,” Ojelabi explained.

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Danish National Sentenced To Death For Killing Nigerian Wife, Daughter

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A Lagos High Court on Friday sentenced a Dane, Peter Nielsen, to death by hanging for killing his Nigerian wife and daughter.

Justice Bolanle Okikiolu-Ighile convicted Nielsen, 54, on two counts of murder brought against him by the Lagos State Government.

The judge sentenced Nielsen to death by hanging on both counts.

The Dane was charged with the death of his wife and singer, Zainab and their three-year-old daughter, Petra.

Lagos State Government accused him of smothering Zainab and Petra to death at 3.45am at No. 4, Flat 17, Bella Vista Tower, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos State.

Nielsen was arraigned on June 13, 2018.

He pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of murder contrary to Section 223 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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Okada Ban: June 1 Deadline Won’t Stop Enforcement — Lagos Govt

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The seizure of commercial motorcycles by the Lagos State Task Force will continue, despite the June 1 deadline issued by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for them to leave six Local Government Areas.

The six local governments are: Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Apapa and Surulere.

The deadline does not invalidate the provisions of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018, which states that “no persons shall ride, drive or propel a motorcycle or tricycle on a major highway within the State, and any person in contravention of this provision commits an offence” and will be made to face the wrath of the law.

The Lagos State Task Force, led by CSP Shola Jejeloye, has continued to enforce the law. It seized 238 motorcycles in Lekki on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In Iba on Lagos-Badagry Expressway, where it was violently resisted today, the Task Force seized 195 motorcycles.

The riders were operating on highways and bridges in flagrant disobedience of the law because, according to them, they are free to ply unauthorized routes till June 1. This is wrong.

The February 1, 2020 directive has not been reversed. The enforcement was weakened by COVID-19, which affected all areas of life. Now, the action is being reinforced.

The government praises Lagosians who have come out to support the ban on commercial motorcycles in the six local government areas, which Governor Sanwo-Olu has described as the “first phase” of the action triggered by safety and security concerns.

 

Gbenga Omotoso

HC, Information and Strategy

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Inside Multi-Billion Naira Properties Linked To Suspended AGF, Ahmed Idris (PHOTOS)

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has traced not less than 17 properties to Ahmed Idris, the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation, being detained over alleged N80 billion fraud.

Structure linked to Idris

The minister of finance and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, had on Wednesday, suspended Idris after following his arrest by the EFCC.

An official of the EFCC, who wished to remain anonymous, said the properties traced to Idris are located in Kano, Lagos, Abuja, Dubai and London.

Inside the multi-billion naira properties linked to suspended AGF, Ahmed Idris [PHOTOS]

One of the structures linked to Idris

He, however, said preliminary investigations showed that the nation’s chief accountant allegedly used proxies to buy some of these properties. The commission would therefore need to invite some of the proxies of the accountant-general.

Inside the multi-billion naira properties linked to suspended AGF, Ahmed Idris [PHOTOS]

Another building linked to Idris

The detective added that from all indications, these properties were purchased while Idris was in office and did not declare them before the Code of Conduct Bureau as stipulated by law.

“About 17 houses in London, Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Dubai have been traced to him. In Abuja, some of the houses are located in serviced estates,” he said.

Inside the multi-billion naira properties linked to suspended AGF, Ahmed Idris [PHOTOS]

The EFCC had in a statement on Monday announced the arrest of the accountant-general for fraud to the tune of N80bn.

Inside the multi-billion naira properties linked to suspended AGF, Ahmed Idris [PHOTOS]

The statement read in part, “The commission’s verified intelligence showed that the AGF raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates. The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja.”

Inside the multi-billion naira properties linked to suspended AGF, Ahmed Idris [PHOTOS]

Another house allegedly owned by Idris

It was learnt that Idris came under scrutiny last year following allegations that he offered huge sums of money to a family in order to secure the marriage of their 16-year-old daughter.

This newspaper learnt that Mr Idris was still in EFCC custody as of the time of filing this report on Wednesday.

This newspaper also reliably gathered from sources with direct knowledge of the case that some assets believed to be proceeds of Mr Idris’ alleged unlawful activities have been traced.

The sources, who asked not to be named because they had no permission to speak about the case in the press, provided photographs of a sprawling edifice located in Kano allegedly linked to Mr Idris.

Our reporter gathered that the agency has obtained a court order for the arrest of more suspects linked to the alleged crime.

Operatives refused to reveal the identities of the suspects in order not to jeopardise investigations.

Inside the multi-billion naira properties linked to suspended AGF, Ahmed Idris [PHOTOS]

Structure linked to Idris

An EFCC official said the legal department was already getting an order to remand the accountant-general and get an interim forfeiture on some of his properties pending the completion of investigations.

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