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Tinubu To Declare Presidential Ambition January 2022

In a bid to douse the tension that had continued to trail the 2023 presidential poll particularly as its concern the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu’s ambition, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has asked Nigerians to wait till January 2022 when Tinubu would make his stance known publicly on the election.

Fashola said that the speech expected to be delivered by Tinubu next year would determine whether he was ready to become President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor or not.

He noted that there was no need for the tension that had enveloped the country over the APC national leader’s presidential ambition, saying let us wait till next year, 2022.

The minister gave hints on the date for declaration and cleared air on other issues concerning the ministries under his purview during an interview on a popular television programme aired in the country yesterday.
Fashola, while responding to question on whether he would support the candidacy of Tinubu for the 2023 election, said that Tinubu was yet to informed him of his presidential.

“I saw him last week; he didn’t tell me he is running for office and to the best of my knowledge, the last statement he made about it was that people would know in January,” he added.

Also, when asked if he had enquired from Tinubu about his intention to run during his visit after the APC leader’s return from abroad, he stressed that issues on the next presidential elections were never discussed.
Accrding to him, no, I didn’t ask him, I only went to see how well he was doing. He has issued a statement that I will speak in January, so let’s wait for his speech.”

Fashola on whether he is speaking for any aspirant come 2023, explained that “As far as I am aware, nobody has said, ‘I want to be Nigeria’s President’. There are people speaking for people. Nobody has come out, we are not at that stage yet.
“I can’t venture out and say that I will speak for X or Y. Let the person come out and say, ‘I want to serve Nigeria’.

“It pains me sometimes when we see that very important job and responsibility to, ‘My people said’. I think the whole sense of it should be that I am able, I have look at myself, give me your problem, you go to sleep’.”

Before the minister’s interview, different political groups have drummed support for Tinubu’s presidential candidacy with billboards and posters in some parts of the country, especially major cities – Lagos and Abuja.

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Elon Musk Worth Over $300b Despite Selling Tesla Stocks

According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Elon Musk is the only person with a net worth greater than $300 billion in the last session due to the appreciation of his Tesla stock.

His present net valuation stands at $313 billion. The total gain for the year is $141 billion. His current net worth is equal to 168 million troy ounces of gold or 3,94 billion barrels of crude oil.

Tesla-related news contributed to his wealth bounce on Friday. In five years, it was predicted that Tesla could account for 20% to 25% of the automotive market in the U.S., according to closely watched tech sector investor, Cathie Wood.

The EV sector as a whole has gained this week due to excitement generated by Rivian going public and Tesla shares participating in those gains.
Elon Musk has cashed out nearly $9 billion worth of Tesla stock in the past two weeks, but he’s still far from selling 10% of the company.

According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Tesla CEO sold 8.2 million shares, generating $8.8 billion in proceeds. Almost $84 billion has been wiped from the automaker’s market capitalization due to the sales drop.

Tesla stock is still up 56% this year, after soaring by more than 1,300% since the start of last year. Musk continues to own 164 million shares of the electric vehicle manufacturer, giving him a 17% stake.
Musk’s selling spree has been the subject of several theories. Last year, the Tesla CEO pointed out that he would need to sell shares to cover the costs associated with exercising stock options that expire next year.
Musk is also under fire for not paying nearly any income tax, and for opposing lawmakers’ push to impose a billionaire tax on the ultra-wealthy.

Some days ago, he asked on Twitter whether he should sell 10% of his stake in Tesla because of this conflict. Soon, it was revealed that Musk already had a trading plan to sell a stock, calling the point of the whole spectacle to question.

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Kayode Ajulo & Co Castle of Law Makes Statement On Murder of Timothy Oludare

We act as solicitors to the family of the deceased; our Client, whose illustrious son, Mr. Timothy Oludare, was murdered in a cold-blooded manner in his hotel room at Ile-Ife, Osun State and it is on their unequivocal instructions that we issue this statement.
For contextual expediency, it is needful to state that the late Timothy Oludare, a 37-year-old husband and father of three had travelled from Abuja to Ile-Ife, Osun State on the 5th of November, 2021 in furtherance of his Masters of Business Administration studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. 

He subsequently checked in at the Hilton and Resorts Hotel owned by Dr. Ramon Adedoyin, the founder of Oduduwa University on the same ill-fated day. He went ‘missing’ for the next two days only for his dead and mutilated body to be found buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.

We welcome with keen interest, the news of the arrest of six suspects linked to the gruesome murder of Mr. Timothy Oludare by men of the Osun State Police Command on the 15th November 2021. Indeed, the preliminary investigation, arrests and findings have nullified the initial apprehension that the deceased must have fallen into the hands of killer herdsmen which if true, could have exacerbated ethnic tensions in Osun State and beyond. 

While commending the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force for these painstaking efforts, we however strongly want to emphasize that it will serve the overriding interest of justice to bring all those involved in this dastardly murder to book.
It is worrisome and sad that Mr. Timothy Oludare can be cut down in his prime for motives best known to his killers which of course, must be extracted and investigated by the Police without delay. It portends serious danger that a place meant to serve the temporary accommodation needs of Nigerians and non-Nigerians alike could in actual fact be a place where cold-blooded murders are orchestrated and carried out in the most desperate and daring manner. Again, we note the temerity and the audacity in which the murder of the late Timothy Oludare was carried out as contained in the preliminary findings made by the Osun State Police Command.

According to the findings, our Client’s son was strangled to death in his hotel room, his body was subsequently mutilated and wrapped in a blood-soaked blanket/bedsheet belonging to the hotel and finally buried in a shallow grave near the hotel.
The law is clear that an offender(s) who causes the death of a person is guilty of murder under 316 of the Criminal Code Laws Cap 34, Laws of Osun State and same is punishable by death under Section 319 of the same law and it is our legally considered view that the confessional statements as obtained from some of the suspects are cogent enough to establish the varying degrees of guilt of all the suspects.

As things stand, the hotel and its vicinity are a crime scene and should be treated as such, nothing must be on the way of a thorough and wider investigation of this highly reprehensible murder because nobody irrespective of their status or influence is bigger than the extant laws of the land.

We therefore urge utmost professionalism by the Police in this matter; no stone must be left unturned to get to the root of this matter. On our part, we are ready to partner with the Police to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done. While we trust that this matter will reach its expected legal conclusion, we want to reiterate that we will not hesitate for a second to do everything within legally permissible limits to fight anyone who attempts to frustrate the expected end of justice.

As it is historically believed that Ile-Ife is the cradle of the human race, it is important that the ancient city and by extension, other parts of the nation must not be allowed to become safe havens for murderers and other criminals alike. It shreds our collective humanity into pieces when the blood of any innocent Nigerian can be spilled without consequences.

Conclusively, as a firm committed to the promotion of the rule of law and protection of the fundamental rights of all law abiding citizens which include among others, the right to life, we are emphatically restating that the killers of Timothy Oludare must face the full weight of the law.
Thank you.

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BREAKING: Manchester United sack manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Manchester United manager after an “embarrassing” 4-1 defeat at Watford.
United have confirmed Solskjaer’s assistant Michael Carrick will be placed in temporary charge, with the club looking to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.
Solskjaer signed a new three-year deal in July but leaves after overseeing five defeats in their last seven Premier League matches – a run which sees them 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Old Trafford hierarchy had ignored increasingly vociferous calls to relieve Solskjaer of his duties in the wake of a humiliating 5-0 loss to rivals Liverpool and a 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester City in early November.

But his position was discussed by United officials on Saturday evening following the crushing defeat at Vicarage Road, before the announcement of his dismissal followed on Sunday morning.
A club statement said: “Manchester United announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left his role as manager. “Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they should not obscure all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.

“Ole leaves with our sincerest thanks for his tireless efforts as manager and our very best wishes for the future. His place in the club’s history will always be secure, not just for his story as a player, but as a great man and a manager who gave us many great moments. He will forever be welcome back at Old Trafford as part of the Manchester United family.”

Solskjaer was booed by a number of the United fans in the away end at full time at Watford, although midfielder Bruno Fernandes appeared to try to redirect their frustration towards the players.
Goalkeeper David de Gea labelled the defeat “embarrassing” and “unacceptable”.
After the game, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher described Solskjaer’s position as “untenable” but described the performance of the club’s players as “scandalous”.

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Nigeria Risks US Arms Embargo Over Alleged Protesters’ Killings By Soldiers

 Amid rising insecurity in Nigeria, the country now risks an arms embargo following the indictment of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force by the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and other matters, which states that at least nine persons were confirmed dead at the Lekki toll plaza when soldiers stormed the tollgate to disperse #EndSARS protesters on October 20, 2020.

The 309-page report stated, “The atrocious maiming and killing of unarmed, helpless and unresisting protesters while sitting on the floor and waving their Nigerian flags and while singing the National Anthem can be equated to a massacre in context.”
While indicting the soldiers and the police, the panel stated that it unravelled the fact that after the personnel of the Nigerian Army exited the scene, the Nigeria Police Force followed up with the killing of the protesters, shooting directly at those fleeing, who ran into shanties and the lagoon.
It recommended that all army officers, excluding Major General Omata, and men of the Nigerian Army deployed in the Lekki tollgate should be made to face appropriate disciplinary action, stripped of their ranks and dismissed as they were not fit and proper to serve in any public or security service of the nation.
Already, the United States, the United Nations, the United Kingdom and Amnesty International have called on the Nigerian government to ensure that the panel’s report is handled transparently even as the military and the Federal Government await the release of the White Paper.

The Nigerian military and its current use of arms are subject to the Leahy vetting, an American rights law that prohibits the United States government from providing military assistance to foreign security force units that violate human rights with impunity.

An arms embargo had earlier been placed on Nigeria, which prevented the country from effectively pursuing the war against terror during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

 However, during the administration of former American President, Donald Trump, the embargo was lifted and the US began selling arms to Nigeria, including 12 Super Tucano aircraft.

The US, however, warned that the arms and the soldiers being trained would be subject to Leahy vetting, meaning that military assistance could be discontinued.
Earlier in the year, Reuters had reported that the United States Congress had initiated plans to impose an arms embargo on Nigeria.
In an email on Wednesday, the Deputy Director for Advocacy and Government Relations for Amnesty International USA, Mr Adotei Akwei, said he had written to the US Congress to implement the Leahy laws against Nigeria.
Akwei welcomed the report of the panel, adding that it confirmed what Amnesty had always been saying about the #EndSARS protests.
He said, “While we welcome this report, we are also painfully aware that other investigations into abuses by the Nigerian security forces have also confirmed abuses, called for reform and accountability and have resulted in no action whatsoever.
“We will wait to see what the response is from the Buhari administration, but until then, we still call for robust implementation of the Leahy laws in regards to the Nigerian military.”

In an interview, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Prof Bola Akinterinwa, said Nigeria could face not just an arms embargo, but sanctions.
Akinterinwa stated, “It goes beyond an embargo. There are many ways foreign countries respond to situations like this. If you use the US as an example, I can assure you that all those suspected government officials will be sanctioned in different ways, either by visa bans, withdrawal of privileges, or initiate a trial for them abroad.

“Some months ago, some US congressmen said they should not supply the Tucano ordered by Nigeria and they should stop selling arms to Nigeria. In this kind of situation, the likelihood of further sale of arms to Nigeria is remote. They are currently considering that.”
A retired Nigerian diplomat, Ambassador Joe Keshi, who served in the US, Togo, Ethiopia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Namibia, and Sierra Leone, said indeed, Nigeria risked another arms embargo with the damning report on the killing of the #EndSARS protesters.

Keshi stated that the Nigerian police needed urgent reforms, including learning how to handle protesters.
He said the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, goofed by calling on Nigerians not to disparage the military when he could have just promised to investigate the issues raised in the report.
The retired diplomat said the Federal Government should admit that mistakes were made and apologize rather than attempting to pick holes in the panel’s report.

 “That is true (arms embargo). And that is why it is so sad the way the authorities are reacting to this report. There should be a simple admission that a mistake was made,” Keshi said.
However, a former Deputy Director of the Department of State Services, Mike Ejiofor, said it would be too early to say if Nigeria would face an arms embargo.
Ejiofor said the international community would be watching to see how Nigeria would react to the report.

“Let us keep our fingers crossed. Let us wait to see how things go,” he said.
PDP Reps ask Blinken to probe violence against #EndSARS protesters, others
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives has said the planned visit by the United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, to Nigeria is to address corruption, insecurity and human rights abuses under President Muhammadu Buhari.
It urged the visitor to ask questions about abuse of state power and use of violence to suppress peaceful protesters, particularly activists of the #EndSARS movement and campaigners for self-determination.
The leader of the PDP caucus, Kingsley Chinda, in a statement on Wednesday, also called on the Federal Government to assure Blinken that it would not use facilities provided by the US against Nigerians agitating legitimately.
Chinda in the statement titled, ‘PDP Reps Caucus says Blinken’s visit to Consider Human Rights Abuses, Insecurity, and Corruption…Visit Address Government’s Failure to Curb Terrorists Attacks’, added that the opposition lawmakers welcomed the visit of the US top official to Nigeria.
The caucus noted that the visit was timely, adding, “It is our expectation that he (Blinken) would use his visit to address the growing human rights abuses, increasing threats to democracy, insecurity, and corruption in Nigeria.

“Just this week, a Brigadier-General was killed by ISWAP and this is in addition to the countless numbers of soldiers, who have been killed or grievously injured with the weightless and worthless remark of getting to the root of the matter.
“Our country cannot afford the luxury of losing military officers to terrorists when it can seek strategic military and counter-insurgency assistance from the United States that has for many years built strategic and sustained military and intelligence frameworks for fighting terrorism.
“We note that the insistence of the Government of the United States that all strategic military, anti-terrorism and counter-insurgency engagements must be in accord with the Leahy laws.”

The caucus further urged the US, through Blinken, to “impress on the Nigerian government, as an act of principle, to stay within the realm of prohibition by not deploying received military assistance against citizens, who embark on legitimate and constitutional agitation, including agitation for self-determination and secession, which are legitimate aspirations under our laws and treaties entered into by Nigeria.”
 The statement further read, “Secretary Blinken should as a matter of urgency hold the Nigerian government to account for the wanton assaults on rights, abuse of state power, systematic use of state violence to suppress peaceful protesters, particularly activists of the #EndSARS movement and campaigners for self-determination, extrajudicial killings, intimidation of the judiciary; and declare to this government that abuses of human rights have consequences.”

5,000 sign petition to jail Buhari in one hour
A petition by bestselling author, Reno Omokri, on the platform received 5,000 signatures in just one hour.
The petition, which was filed on Wednesday, was directed at the International Criminal Court and comes after the Lagos #EndSARS panel indicted the Buhari administration in its report.

At 5,000 signatures, the petition is the first of Nigerian origin to hit that number in an hour.
The petition is titled, ‘A Petition to The International Criminal Court to Arraign Muhammadu Buhari for Crimes Against Humanity.

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Lagos Government Speaks On Reactions To #EndSARS Panel Report

The Lagos State government in its first reaction to the viral report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS Related Abuses and Other Matters, which leaked on Monday, said yesterday that it had noted the various reactions that have followed the submission of the report.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, the state government said: “There have been arguments in the public space over the report.

There is a need for us to restrain ourselves from nullifying the good intentions of the government in setting up this panel, which was well encouraged to do its job, a fact that was acknowledged by the panel.

“In accordance with the Tribunal of Inquiry Law 2015, a committee has been set up to bring up a White Paper on the report to determine the next line of action. At the appropriate time, the government will make known its views on all the issues raised by the panel through the release of a White Paper.”

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Four Feared Dead, 5 Rescued As Another Building Collapses In Lagos

Four persons were feared killed yesterday as another building under construction collapsed in the Magbon area of Badagry in Lagos State. Five others were said to have been rescued alive from the rubble with varying degrees of injury, while efforts are still on to rescue others. This is coming on the heels of the 21-storey building that went down in Ikoyi, earlier in the month. Director, Lagos State Fire Service, Mrs. Margret Adeseye, who confirmed the incident, said im-mediately the distress call was received, officials of the Lagos Fire and Rescue Service, Badgary station, rushed to the scene.

She said: “There has been a reported case of a storey building collapse at Sunny Filled, Flour Mills, Estate, Magbon, Badagry, Lagos. The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Badagry Station, had rescued five victims from the building that is under construction, while concerted efforts are ongoing to rescue the remaining trapped victims.

“The victims, who are mainly construction workers, were rescued with varying degrees of injury, but in stable condition and have been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. “However, four adult males have been recovered unconscious thus far as the Nigerian Police, Morogbo Division and the Community dwellers are complementing the efforts of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service.”

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Ataga’s Murder: Defendant Left Night Before Victim’s Corpse Was Found – Security Man

The security guard at the service apartment where Usifo Ataga, Super TV Chief Executive Officer, was allegedly murdered, yesterday maintained his earlier testimony that the defendant (Chidinma Ojukwu) had left a night before the victim’s body was found.
The security guard, Abubakar Mohammed, stated this while being cross-examined before a Lagos High Court sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

The witness had on Tuesday, given evidence as to the second prosecution’s witness, in the ongoing trial of Chidinma Ojukwu a 300-level Mass Communication student of the University of Lagos,(first defendant), and two others over Ataga’s murder.
Ojukwu is standing trial alongside her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, and one Adedapo Quadri.
At the resumed hearing, yesterday the witness was cross-examined by the first and second defendants’ counsel.

During his cross-examination by the first defendant counsel, Mr Onwuka Egwu, the witness maintained that the defendant (Chidinma) had left the apartment on Tuesday night and did not return to the premises even after the body was found.
Mohammed said that when the defendant was leaving, he was at his duty post, the defendant waived at him and entered an Uber.

The witness also denied that he mentioned to the police that he suspected one Mr Babalola Disu, who also logged at the apartment at the time the incident happened.
Mohammed also told the court that he did not get the full view of the victim (Ataga) when he came into the premises because the victim was inside his vehicle.

He also said the victim did not come out of his apartment from the time he entered.
The witness said it was only the defendant who used to come out or call him on the phone when she needed any help.
Mohammed was also cross-examined by the second defendant’s counsel, Mr Babatunde Busari.
Busari asked the witness to confirm if a dispatch rider actually came to the house and how many times the dispatch rider came.

The witness maintained that a dispatch rider came once to the house, adding that the dispatch rider gave the first defendant a small parcel which he did not know the content.
The witness was, however, re-examined by the prosecution counsel, Mr Yusuf Sule.
The witness maintained that the defendant was the person who came and logged at the apartment.

Mohammed said he was able to identify the defendant at the police station during the investigation “because she wears her face mask without covering her nose.
“I was also able to identify her when she removed her face mask.
“The police also asked her (defendant) if she knows me and my name, the defendant answered yes and mentioned my name, Abu”.

He narrated to the court how the defendant and her friend (the victim) logged at the apartment where he worked as a security man, on Sunday, June 13.
He also said that the defendant left the premises on Tuesday night (June 15) and did not return.
The witness narrated how he found the corpse of the victim on Wednesday morning.
However, due to time, the Judge, Justice Yetunde Adesanya, adjourned the case until November, 25for the continuation of trial.
The three defendants were arraigned on October, 12 on a nine-count charge preferred against them by Lagos State Government.
Ojukwu and Quadri are facing the first to eight counts bordering on conspiracy, murder, stabbing, forgery, making of bank statements and stealing.

The third defendant, Egbuchu, is facing the ninth count of stealing the iPhone 7 belonging to the late Ataga.
The first and second defendants were alleged to have conspired and murdered Ataga on June 15, 2021, by stabbing him severely with a knife in the neck and chest.
The alleged murder took place at No. 19, Adewale Oshin Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Chidinma and Quadri were also accused of committing forgery by procuring and making bank account statements purported to have been made by the deceased.

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Emotions as an ailing woman arrive at husband’s burial in ambulance, hospital bed

Tears fell freely at a burial in Bomet, East Africa after a woman who has been in the hospital arrived at her husband’s burial in an ambulance and was confined to a hospital stretcher bed.

The woman and her husband were involved in a ghastly auto accident that killed the hubby on the spot and left the woman with grave injuries.
She was on her bed during the entire funeral service and she was later taken to the hospital.

The son of the family said: “Here comes mum on an ambulance to bid bye to the love of her life. We were once a happy family but our home is now deserted. Mum is hospitalised.”

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Ooni, Alaafin, 300 Other Yoruba Obas Backing Tinubu For President-

Adeyeye Former Minister of Works and National Chairman of the South-West Agenda for Tinubu, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has said prominent Yoruba traditional rulers are baking Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to win the 2023 presidential election.

Although Tinubu has yet to make his aspiration public, the moves he has been making suggest he is interested in contesting the poll on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

Adeyeye, who is a former spokesperson for the Afenifere, on Tuesday while inaugurating SWAGA in Gbongan, the headquarters of Aiyedaade Local Government Area of Osun State, said the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo Adedotun and over 300 other monarchs in the South-West were routing for Tinubu.

Adeyeye said, “You are representatives of SWAGA and you must continue to advocate for Tinubu’s ambition. By God’s grace Tinubu will emerge as the president of this country in 2023.
“All the traditional rulers in Yoruba land are supporting Tinubu, over 300 of them are backing Tinubu including the Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo and Alake of Egbaland.
“They are stressing that he is the best candidate in Yorubaland to occupy the seat. Everybody is backing him. Asiwaju (Tinubu) will bring development to the country and Osun. You will all benefit from supporting him. Great things will happen in his time.”
Adeyeye, who is also a former spokesman for the Senate, said Tinubu was the right person for the job, saying as a highly detribalised politician with a proven track record of performance, he would bring his wealth of experience to bear to transform the country.
A former member House of Representatives/ SWAGA coordinator, Osun State, Mrs. Ayo Omidiran, urged SWAGA members in the state to work for the re-election of Governor Gboyega Oyetola, saying that would make Tinubu win convincingly in the state and beyond.

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