Thursday, 3 September 2015

Billionaire Fernandez’s last moments – Friends, family


       
 
The late Chief Deinde Fernandez
A clearer picture of the last moments of deceased billionaire, Chief Deinde Fernandez, has emerged. The bureaucrat died on Tuesday at age 86.
One of Fernandez’s closest associates, Chief Dele Momodu, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday, said he had a premonition that the business mogul, who had been reportedly hospitalised for an undisclosed old age-related illness, might not make it.
Momodu said he spoke with Fernandez on Saturday when the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, put a call through to the ailing businessman in an hospital in Belgium.
“This was a man who had such a strong and booming voice. He found it difficult to pronounce my name. I guess he had been ill for some time. He was 86years. This was a man who had flogged his body and worked tirelessly all his life,” he said.
Momodu further eulogised Fernandez as a great African, asking Nigerians to emulate his work ethics and flair for recognising opportunities.

‘Giesi lost chance to produce Ooni in 1980’


       
   The Lafogido Ruling House in Ile-Ife, Osun State, has said it is its turn to produce the next Ooni of Ife to succeed the late Oba Okunade Sijuwade.
The leaders of the Abewela Ruling Family, which is a branch of the Lafogido Ruling House, said this at a press conference they addressed in Ile-Ife on Wednesday.
The Head of the Abewela Family, Justice David Adeniji, a retired justice of the Court of Appeal, said the Giesi Ruling House which was now claiming to be the one to produce the next Ooni was wrong.
He stated that the Giesi descendants conceded their chance to the Ogboru in 1980, which led to the emergence of Oba Sijuwade.

Soyinka is ignorant, mischievous – Oyinlola


       
 
Oyinlola
A former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has described the Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka’s criticism of him over the status of the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Osogbo, as an exercise in ignorance and mischief.
Although Oyinlola’s media officer, Mr. Lasisi Lagunju, noted on Wednesday that the ex-governor would soon respond officially to the criticism, another of his aides, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Oyinlola was surprised that Soyinka was fighting over a centre, whose creation he opposed in 2008.
He said, “There is a sense in which one can excuse his outburst because it seems he does not understand the mechanism that established the institute.

Police arrest lawyer for defrauding women of N4.8m


       
 
Nigeria police logo
The police in Lagos have arrested a lawyer, Mr. Johnson Onumudu, for allegedly defrauding two women, Olufunke Afolabi and Adebisi Fajuigbe, of rents worth N4.8m.
It was learnt that the lawyer and his son, Chinedu, collected the sum from the women sometime in September 2014 to let out two office apartments on Fatai Arobieke Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos State to them.
While Afolabi reportedly paid N2.8m, Fajuigbe paid N2m to the duo.
PUNCH Metro gathered the lawyer’s son, Chinedu, who claimed to be an estate agent, had met with the complainants in respect of the apartments before the payments were made.
Trouble started in January 2015 when the owner of the building questioned Afolabi’s authority while she was doing some renovation works in the apartment.
Our correspondent learnt that Afolabi petitioned the Divisional Police Officer of the Maroko Police Station, leading to their arrest.

Abandoned accident victim cries out for survival


       
 
Chidiebere Okafor
The dream of Chidiebere Okafor, 19, from Abagana in the Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State was to become a renown auto mechanic with patrons far and wide.
However, the dream was aborted on December 13, 2014, by an auto crash that claimed his legs only two months after he enrolled in an auto workshop.
Chidiebere, the fourth child in the family of 10, said the accident had incapacitated and confined him to the wheelchair.
Narrating his ordeal to our correspondent from his hospital bed at Hornsmans Hospital Aba, Abia State, Chidiebere said he was a Senior Secondary School 2 student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Secondary School, Abagana, and had dropped out for a career in auto mechanic following the inability of his parents to cope with the increasing burden of training him and his seven siblings.
He said his parents arranged for him to undertake the career under the tutelage of Bony Mass Company based in Aba, Abia State.

Doctor disappears after going outside for fresh air


       
 
Dr. Adedayo Adewumi
Relatives of 29-year-old graduate of Anatomy, Dr. Adedayo Adewumi, have been thrown into confusion following his disappearance.
It was gathered that Adedayo, a first time visitor to Lagos, went missing on August 27 after he step out of the house for fresh air.
The family told our correspondent that Adedayo came to Lagos State from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on August 22 and was staying with some family members on Alawode Street, Kilo, in the Surulere area of the state.
Adedayo was said to have stepped out of the house on the fateful day for fresh air after a power outage. He was said to have left the house without his cell phone.
His father, a retired engineer with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Ademola Adewumi, told our correspondent that he was worried because the missing man was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2006 while studying Medicine at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.
Schizophrenia is defined by the dictionary of Medicine as a mental disorder often characterised by abnormal social behaviour and failure to recognise what is real.

Trailer falls off bridge, kills three in Lagos


       
 
Scene of the incident
No fewer than three people were killed on Wednesday after a container on a 40-feet trailer fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge onto the road below.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the container, which was not latched to the trailer, crushed two private vehicles which were in motion.
The vehicles, a white Toyota and a black jeep, were reportedly mangled under the weight of the container.
A crowd of residents and motorists was said to have converged on the scene as there was apprehension on the number of casualties involved in the incident.

Bola Tinubu Centre workers protest unpaid salaries


       
   Health workers at the Bola Tinubu Health and Diagnostic Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, have protested the non-payment of their salary for five months.
The workers staged a peaceful protest at the head office of Deux Nigeria Limited in Ikoyi, Lagos on Wednesday.
According to the workers, who called on the state government to intervene in the matter, Deux Nigeria Limited is the consulting company handling the maintenance and payment of staff salaries at the diagnostic centre in LASUTH, owned in a public- private partnership with the Lagos State Government.

Nigerian arrested with N1bn cash in Niger • Nigerien customs reject Nigeria’s request for seized cash


       
 
Buhari; Issoufou
he police in neighbouring Niger Republic have arrested a Nigerian carrying 4.6m Euros (N1.05bn) in cash. The man was arrested at the Diori Hamani Airport in Niamey, the capital of Niger, en route Dubai in the United Arab Emirate.
The Nigerien police said they suspected that the man was fleeing with the money in order to avoid being caught by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been prosecuting an anti-corruption campaign since assumption of office on May 29.

I’m glad my house help left, says Rukky Sanda


       
 I’m glad my house help left, says Rukky Sanda
• Rukky
Hollywood actress, Rukky Sanda is not a new name in the Nigerian movie industry. To her credit are several hit movies since her debut in 2004.
Only last weekend, she capped it all up with the premiere of her latest production, Dark, which witnessed the presence of the who-is-who in the Nigerian movie industry.
The actress who looked very sultry at the event says that her journey into moviedom has been amazing so far, especially considering the learning process she has had to go through.

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