Vanguard Newspaper 13042018
10 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Heritage Bank, GAC Motors partner on affordable vehicle finance scheme L AGOS—HERITAGE Bank Plc has entered into a strategic partnership with the Choice International Group, CIG, Motors Limited to introduce a new vehicle finance scheme aimed at assisting interested and pre-qualified customers to buy brand new GAC Vehicles with ease and at affordable prices. The initiative tagged: “Go CAR-razy,” was facilitated by the sole representative of GAC Motors in Nigeria known as CIG, which enables individuals who meet the prescribed conditions to pay an equity contribution of 10% with 48 months tenor repayment. The scheme is largely for three models of cars and sport utility vehicles in the stable of GAC Motors: GS3, GS4 and GS8. Speaking on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, MD/ CEO, of Heritage Bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo said the auto finance scheme was tailored N450M FRAUD: SAN, ex-Minister lose bid to dismiss charge By Innocent Anaba LAGOS—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has dismissed a nocase-submission by Dele Belgore, SAN and a former Minister of Planning, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, in the N450 million fraud charge brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The court consequently, ordered them to open their defence. Trial judge, Justice Rilwan Aikawa ruled on two separate no-case submission by the two accused persons, wherein they argued that they have no-case to answer in relation to the alleged charge. In his ruling, Justice Aikawa said, “I have read the facts of the case at my disposal and I have formed an opinion that the first and to “suit customers’ needs with manageable monthly repayments and is best suited for individuals, organizations, corporate bodies and institutions to avail a convenient and easy access to finance options making it easier to buy and drive away a brand new GAC Motors.” According to him, the partnership was planned to encourage customers to buy environmentally-friendly GAC vehicles instead of used cars otherwise known as “tokunbo.” Sekibo specifically explained that the reason for the alliance was to afford deserving customers with the ease of convenient and discounted opportunities with just 10% equity contribution, as against the 30% standard equity contribution required to own brand new GAC vehicles. He listed other benefits of the vehicle finance scheme, which involve competitive interest rate, discounted vehicle pricing, subsidized insurance premium, free vehicle registration. second accused has a case to answer. In the circumstances, I therefore overrule the no-case submissions. It is hereby dismissed. The defendants should proceed to open their defence.” After the ruling, Belgore’s lawyer, Seni Adio, SAN, drew the court’s attention to a motion dated January 16, 2018, asking the EFCC to furnish him with the complete set of his client’s statements to the commission. He alleged that part of the statements written by Belgore was still with the EFCC, saying the production of the documents is vital to his client’s defence. Justice Aikawa while adjourning further hearing in the matter to April 30, directed the EFCC to file a formal response to the motion. Atiku’s son launches fresh legal battle over children’s custody •Rejects N250,000 monthly upkeep By Onozure Dania LAGOS—SON of former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku, son, Aminu Atiku Abubakar, yesterday took the battle of his children’s custody against his ex-wife, Fatima Bolori, to an Igbosere High Court in Lagos. Aminu asked the court to upturn a magistrates’ court’s decision which awarded the custody of his two children to Fatima as well as a N250, 000 monthly upkeep. Aminu told Justice Kazeem Alogba that the lower court disregarded his constitutional right of fair hearing before granting judgment in Fatima’s favour. It will be recalled that on January 10, Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye sitting in Tinubu, Lagos Island, awarded full custody of the ex-couple’s daughter, Ameera, 11, and son, Aamir, 7, to Fatima. The lower court held that Aminu failed to file a response to Fatima’s application for the children’s custody. But Aminu, through his counsel, Oyinkan Badejo, filed an application to the high court seeking leave to appeal the lower court’s judgment and another application for a stay of further execution of its terms. The applicant through his counsel Oyinkan Badejo, in a motion on notice dated January 31, 2018, pursuant to Section 70 of the Magistrates’ Court Law 2009 and supported by a 16- paragragh application filed an application seeking the leave of the court to appeal the lower court judgment and another application for a stay of further execution of its terms. Badejo said: “In response to whether the applicant has shown sufficient grounds for the grant of the application, there is not more sufficient ground than the party’s right to fair hearing. We arrived at the magistrates’ court at 12.30 BPE disassociated self from Coalition of Arewa Youth's advertorial L AGOS—THE Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE, has disassociated itself from the advertorial by the Coalition of Arewa Youth CAY, published in a session of the media on Monday, April 9, 2018. BPE, in a statement by its Head, Public Communications Unit, Amina Othman, said “while the Bureau is greatful to the Coaltion of Arewa Youth for MEETING: From left; Vice President, Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN), Mr Emmanuel Ajufo; former President, Mr Kole Ademulegun; Managing Director /CEO, LASAA, Mr. Mobolaji Sanusi; President, OAAN, Mr. Tunde Adedoyin, during the stakeholders meeting held at LASAA office. p.m. believing the matter was for mention at 1.00 p.m.” She contended that the lower court erred by hearing and granting Fatima’s application for custody on a date the suit was fixed for mention. On the second application, Badejo urged the court to vary the conditions attached to the custody order. Badejo said according to We have not ordered stop work on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway rehabs — FG By Olasunkanmi Akoni L AGOS—THE Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr. Adedamola Kuti, has dismissed insinuations that the Federal Government has ordered any group or consortium to stop work on the on-going reconstruction of dilapidated portion on Oshodi-Apapa Expressway. Kuti spoke while reacting to claims credited to a consortium, comprising Committee of Directors, led acknowledging the strides it is making to responsibly reform key sectors and enterprises of the economy in fulfilment of its privatisation and commercialisation mandate, we would like to categorically state for the records that neither the Bureau nor its Director General Mr Alex A. Okoh, has any affiliation to the group nor were we aware of the said publication.” the lower court’s order, Aminu would pay his exwife N250, 000 monthly for the upkeep of the children, beginning from January. She also said that Magistrate Ayeye ordered Aminu to carry out medical insurance on each child among others. But Badejo said: “We are not seeking a stay of the execution of the judgment but some of the terms were onerous. We were asked to by Oscar Ibru that the Federal Government asked it to suspend further works on the rehabilitation works at Coconut area of Oshodi- Apapa Expressway. According to him, “I am not aware of any stop work order by Federal Government to any consortium on the rehabilitation of Oshodi- pay N250,000 for the upkeep of two young children and medical allowances. We find that rather onerous.” Fatima’s counsel, Mr O. N. Olabisi and Mr Ethel Okoh opposed her. But in a bench ruling, Justice Alogba granted Aminu leave to appeal the lower court’s judgment. Further hearing was adjourned until May 17 and June 14 Apapa Expressway. To the best of my knowledge, rehabilitation work is ongoing. In fact, we regularly hold meetings on the level of work done so far. ''There was even a meeting with stakeholders last week, where we deliberated on the on-going works. So, I wonder who could have issued stop work order to anyone.” Nigeria, others to suffer over low women participation — CPPA By Elizabeth Adegbesan THE Centre for Public Policy Alternatives, CPPA, in partnership with International Research Centre, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID) and Hewlet Foundation, has said Nigeria and other African countries may not get inclusive growth due to low women participation in its economy. CPPA and its stakeholders disclosed this in a symposium titled: “Making economic growth work for women in developing: case study of Nigeria and Ghana,” held in Lagos. The projects explored the constraints and a choice faced by women as workers, entrepreneurs and care givers in the labour market considering the institutions, policies and practices that can promote positive change. Speaking during the symposium, Director General, Nigeria Institute of Social Economic Research, NISER and Owner of CPPA, Folarin Gbadebo, stated that for women to gain equal status with men in the economy, they needed to do a lot of thinking and be able to take risks just like men.
Vanguard, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 — 11 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 SEX-FOR-MARKS SAGA: Don’t sweep case under carpet, Senate tells OAU By Gbenga Olarinoye O THE SOGBO— Senate, yesterday, stepped into the sex for marks saga between a female student and a lecturer of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife, warning the institution not to sweep the case under the carpet. Professor Richard Akindele of the Department of Accounting of the university is currently being probed by the school management for demanding sex from an unknown female student before she could pass her paper. The Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Senator Stella Oduah said the case must not be swept under the rug. Oduah said: “The university management should do well to investigate the issue and deal decisively with the accused if found guilty. “Female students in our different campuses, should be encouraged to speak up if they are facing victimisation like this so that mechanisms to guard against it might be put in place.” Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, at a congress presided over by the branch chairman, Dr. Niyi Summonu, said: “If it is established that the alleged victimisation is true, the perpetrator is not qualified to be part of the academic environment." EKITI GOV POLL: Former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele (left) receiving the nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ekiti State governorship election from the party's National Director of Organisation, Alhaji Abubakar Kari, in Abuja. 500% FEE HIKE: Akeredolu intervenes as students suspend protest •Civil servants protest redeployment of members By Dayo Johnson A K U R E — FOLLOWING the intervention of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, aggrieved students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko, have suspended their three-day protest against the 500 percent tuition hike introduced by the governing council. This came as senior civil servants, under the auspices of Senior Civil Servants Association of Nigeria, ASCSN, yesterday, threatened to shut down the Board of Internal Revenue over the redeployment of its members to other ministries and parastatals by the state government. Governor Akeredolu agreed to meet the students following a security report that miscreants and politicians have hijacked the students’ protest. Consequently, 46 students and non-students were arrested but later released after the governor met with the leaders of the union. Present at the meeting with the governor were I’ve no feud with Iwo monarch — OONI OF IFE By Gbenga Olarinoye ILE-IFE — THE Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, yesterday, denied having any rift with the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi. There had been a supremacy battle between the two monarchs since their enthronement. Speaking at a meeting of the Osun State Traditional Rulers Council at his palace in Ile-ife, Oba Ogunwusi, who is reportedly not on good terms with the Oluwo of Iwo, told the latter that he had not been prevented from attending the council meeting. The meeting is usually held but the Oluwo has never attended the meeting since he ascended the throne almost the same time with the Ooni in 2015. After the closed door meeting, Oba Ogunwusi said: “It has been long we held this meeting. The meeting is usually held on a monthly basis. This is not the time to point accusing fingers at anybody. “I greet the Oluwo specially. Like I always say, all of you left here. I am the caretaker here. The unity and development of our state are very important. “We should portray ourselves the way we should. We should carry ourselves with dignity and royalty. We should unite and stand as one. Our objective is how to bring about development to our state and the nation. The traditional rulers, numbering 75, met behind closed doors before deliberating on the main agenda of the meeting, which bordered on supremacy battle among prominent traditional rulers in the state. Apparently responding to the recent declaration made by the Oluwo that people should start addressing him as Emir, the Ooni said: “I know my brother king as Oluwo and we don’t want to listen to rumour.” Flanked by the Olojuo of Ido Osun, Oba Aderemi Adedapo, who is the secretary to the Council of Obas and Oluwo, Oba Ogunwusi said there is no rift between himself and Oluwo as reported in the media. In his remarks, the Oluwo said there is no gain saying that Ooni is the father of all Obas. representatives of the students led by the SUG President, Mr. Olawale Ijanusi, Arosoye Kunle and Adewumi Adebowale. Ijanusi said: “We want to state that, on any account that the government deviates from their positive thoughts, we will have no other option than to go back to our lecture rooms which is the streets of Akure in much larger numbers.” Akeredolu meets Governing Council Meanwhile, Governor Akeredolu, who summoned members of the university’s Governing Council to a meeting with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issue, said: “We resolved that the protest is suspended to allow a meeting of stakeholders. We are convinced that we will reach an amicable solution that ensures that our great institution is run sustainably and the welfare of our Students is adequately addressed.” Civil servants fault deployment of members Meanwhile, members of ASCSN kicked against the redeployment of senior civil servants from the office, saying it has hampered the career progression of the civil servants in the office. Led by the Chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Mr. Soladoye Ekundayo, the Association said: “We heard that the state government is planning to transfer professionals outside the Board of Internal Revenue to other ministries in order to create vacancies for some temporary staff they are recruiting. “We are ready to resist any attempt by the state government to tamper with the career of our members without following due process.'' RESTRUCTURING: We'll distrupt Ekiti, Osun 2019 polls if..., Agbekoya, OPC, Afenifere threaten By Ola Ajayi IBADAN — THE Yoruba Revolutionary Group, Agbekoya, Oodua People’s Congress and Afenifere have threatened to disrupt the forthcoming governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States and 2019 general elections if the country is not restructured to check the unnecessary attacks and incursion of herdsmen into farmlands in the region. The groups met in a programme tagged: ‘2018 Yoruba April Declaration’, which was held at the Banquet Hall, Jogor Events Centre, Ibadan. In a communiqué issued at the end of the summit and jointly signed by the 109 year-old leader of Agbekoya farmers in Yorubaland, Pa Ayalu Olalere; a traditionalist, Ayoke Osunfunke and a community leader, Chief Raufu Oluokun, the groups insisted that Yoruba nation must be freed from what they described as oppression. Yoruba leaders at the events included son of the late Governor-General of the defunct Western region, Prince Gboyega Aderemi; Otunba Deji Osibogun; Comrades Idowu Fagade, R. A. Balogun, Sunday Odusanya, Oyebamidele Akanmu, Wasiu Ajamu and LAGOS — CALEB University, Imota in Lagos has appointed President and Chairman of Council of the Chartered Institute of Administration of Nigeria, Dr. George Uzoma Chima, as a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Administration in recognition of his impacts in business and the academia. Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Daniel many others. The communiqué reads: “Yoruba worldwide begia a series of action considered fit and within the ambits of the law of the federal republic of Nigeria and the charter of the United Nations freedom to free Yorubaland from the shackles of poverty and corruption, bad governance and breakdown of law and other as we are presently experiencing in Nigeria. ”We give notice that unless our demands for a stronger and more virile nation are accepted; Yoruba will pull out of the 1914 Amalgamation treaty that gave birth to Nigeria. We reject the present constitution of the Federal Government until so amended to fulfil our expectations in Yorubaland. ”We demand, as a first step, the restructuring of the country to give us a region in Yoruba land before any election is conducted in Yorubaland. Immediate notice is served on Ekiti and Osun states. ”All true sons and daughters of Yoruba land must immediately imbibe and adhere to this call for freedom and unity of Yorubaland in the spirit of the Yoruba Parapo Treaty.”Take note that saboteurs and traitors will reap their benefits in the land of Oduduwa.” Ogun debt profile is N103bn — AMOSUN members of Civil Society A BEOKUTA— GOVERNOR Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has declared that the state's debt profile as at 2018 was N103 billion contrary to the rumour being peddled in the state. A m o s u n however, claimed that his administration had spent about N170 billion to rehabilitate federal roads across the state since 2011. Amosun said this while fielding questions from Organisations who held an interactive session with him tagged ‘Ogun civil society conversation’ at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta. He said: “As at today, Ogun State is owing N103 billion. Anybody with contrary can come out with his facts. “We do not have federal citizens, we only have federal roads and our people have to make use of the roads.” CIA President appointed Caleb varsity don Ayandiji Aina said the appointment followed Professor Chima’s practical industry experience, entrepreneurial and business management expertise and academic prowess. The Vice-Chancellor said the appointment of Chima will afford the Master of Business Administration students of the university, the opportunity to acquire quality academic knowledge and practical experience of business management.