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4 Months After Death; Bolu Akin-Olugbade’s Rolls Royce Up For Sale

If the dead could talk, late businessman, Bolu Akin-Olugbade would have called a meeting of his kins, tell them his wish and the consequence that comes if they don’t adhere to his rules, but sadly, the billionaire had gone to meet his maker and could do absolutely nothing when his favorite car was put up for sale recently.

Papermacheonline gathered that the family of the late Aare Ona Kakanfo of Owuland who bowed to death after contracting the coronavirus could not meet up with the expenses of keeping his fleet of cars, informing the decision to sell of some of the automobiles.

One of his 6 Rolls Royce cars was spotted at an auto shop in Ikeja, Lagos to be sold off to meet the demands of running the family.

The late billionaire claimed to have bought his first Rolls Royce in 1984 and had been hooked to the British car since making him the biggest collector of the brand in Nigeria.

His latest acquisition came in 2019, a Rolls Royce Culinan that was personally delivered to him in his Ikoyi, Lagos home.

e-Taxi Platform, Univasa Launches In Ibadan

Ride-hailing platform, Univasa has expanded its services to the Oyo State capital, Ibadan to the delight of both drivers and riders who got 100% off their first trips using the application.
 The launch which also doubled as a roundtable discussion with stakeholders held on April 15, 2021, at the Pentonrise Building, Bodija, Ibadan and toes the line of successful launches in Lagos, Edo and River states.
 Univasa’s commitment is to make rides safe for drivers and rider partners with the company having several features in the application that makes this possible.
 Univasa’s CEO, Dr Ben Adeniyi asserted that “ we want to change the transportation industry, give our partners higher returns while ensuring their safety, and we are committed to using technology and innovation to drive this sector. That is what has formed this today’s expansion and we are still moving. We are looking forward to partnerships that will create jobs, provide security and safety when it comes to transportation and we are not backing out from this quest”.
The drivers present at the launch expressed their happiness at having more opportunities to proffer services to riders in the city.
 The team is also set to launch the platform with drivers and riders in Abuja in the coming weeks.
Also speaking at the event, the General Manager of Univasa Nigerian Limited, Mr John Oyakhilome said one of the features that differentiates Univasa from others is the relationship with the drivers. According to him ‘We treat our drivers as partners, we make them unique. They decide how the market operates and we have one-on-one communication with them because they are stakeholders’.
Univasa Nigeria Limited is a Lagos-based company focusing on development of IT with various private organizations.

‘N2.5B, All The Thugs In Oyo State…’ Fayose Details How Makinde Snatched Victory At PDP Congress

One of the brothers of the former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, Isaac has painted the details on what gave victory to  Governor Seyi Makinde’s camp at the just concluded PDP Southwest Congress.

In a chat monitored on popular whatsapp Group, Friends Of Parrots‘,  Isaac Fayose alleged Governor Seyi Makinde coasted to victory after spending 2.5 billion naira and putting to work all the thugs in Oyo State to defeat the Fayose/Eddy Olafeso camp in a tight race Taofeek Arapaja won with just 13 votes to become the Deputy National Chairman of the PDP in the Southwest.

His claims attracted reactions from aides of Governor Seyi Makinde who were also in the group. They challenged the younger Fayose to give life to his allegations and be quiet.

Meanwhile before the beginning of the tensed elections, former Governor Ayodele Fayose, has declared that the governor of Oyo State, who is also the only governor of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West geo-political zone, ‘Seyi Makinde, is the father and leader of the party in the zone.

In a statement on Monday, the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Moses Alao, said that Fayose, while addressing the delegates at the WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo venue of the South-West PDP Zonal Congress, had said that supporters should not be allowed to drive a wedge between the leaders, adding that he would readily accept the leadership of Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja if he wins the election.

He further declared the process as family affair of the PDP, while Governor Makinde added that the outcome of congress would be accepted in the spirit of a family contest, whatever it is.

Makinde maintained that the Congress was an attempt to reposition the South-West PDP, though there were ramifications for the party nationally.

According to him, “this is an attempt to reposition our party in the South-West. But it has ramifications for our party nationally.

“So, whatever the outcome is, we will take it in the spirit of a family contest. We don’t want to defeat ourselves, but APC. So, at the end of this exercise, I promise you that there will be no victor and no vanquished.

“As your only governor in this zone, whoever emerges belongs to me and I will work with the team to reposition our party in the South-West.

“So, let me thank you ahead for a peaceful and orderly conduct,” Governor Makinde said.

In his speech, shortly before the commencement of the congress, Fayose publicly accepted Makinde’s leadership of the PDP in the zone, adding that the governor had been making impact in Oyo State, and that he would not fail.

He said: “Thank you for the endurance and tolerance we have all gone through. The issue of this congress is a circumstantial one, which is still in the public domain. Who is the leader? Governor Seyi Makinde is our leader.

“Therefore, we should not allow, particularly those who are our supporters and lovers, to continue to put a wedge between us.

“Our leaders – Governors Oyinlola, Oni, former Deputy Senate Majority Whip and all serving senators – I want to assure you that we will make exploits together because this must not divide us.

“I stand here to tell you today that either way it goes, I will accept it. Therefore, if Arapaja becomes chairman, I will be the first to visit him in Ibadan, because there is nothing that will last forever.

“Nobody has offended me and if I have offended anybody, I sincerely apologise. Don’t let them give us the name we do not bear in Yorubaland.

“I want to say again that Governor Seyi Makinde has made impact in Oyo State and he won’t fail. Seyi Makinde and I are one. No matter what, he is our father and may God continue to do wonders through him.”

 

Grief, Regret As Oyo Sports Commissioner, Seun Fakorede’s Aide Disappears With Valuables Months Before Epic Wedding

The handsome Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Oyo State, Seun Fakorede is presently an unhappy man.

The lovable youth who takes the pride as Governor Seyi Makinde’s youngest Commissioner is at the time preparing for his wedding when the unexpected happened, an aide broke into his room, unlocked his safe and disappeared with an undisclosed amount of cash and other valuables.

Papermacheonline gathered that the politician was shocked beyond belief as he was said to be nice to the alleged aide whose phone had been switched off since the day of the incident.

A source hinted that Fakorede didn’t want to make a noise of the crime as the culprit is someone that was introduced to him by an influential person in the government, so he would rather live quietly with the pains.

People close to him hinted that the amount that was stolen and other missing items if not found may likely call for a trim down of his desired wedding ceremony.

As at the time of writing this report, there are strong indications that the Commissioner who is largely popular among the youths in Ibadan is setting up private investigations as to the whereabout of the culprit and how to apprehend him.

Grandmum At 30! Heart Wrenching Stories Of Teen Mothers Inside Ibadan Slums

-Ayanda Ayotunde

 

Idayat Biobaku wakes up 5:30 am everyday, the single mother-of-four is a fish seller at the popular Oja-Oba market in Ibadan. She wakes up to keep a daily routine, a challenging life as she has three mouths to feed, clothe and shelter.

This writer has known the 30-year-old Secondary School ‘drop out’ since 2018. From the moment I step out from the car, she would run to me, shouting ‘customer’ and follows me round the market, helping me haggle with other market women who she tells ‘he is my baba-oko’ (an inlaw) before we return to her spot where I buy from her till we meet again.

On one occasion she was absent from the market, I made an enquiry and learnt she was sick and I felt it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check on her since I heard she lives some streets away from the market.

Idayat lives in a one-bedroom inside a dilapidated building around Beere. She was sitting outside feeding a baby when she spotted me and shouted ‘ah customer!’, and that was the beginning of a close relationship between us and the expose to an unusual way of living in the ‘interior’ parts of Ibadan.

Idayat became very open and ask me all the questions bothering her. I became her counsel in the area of relationship, health, finance etc. It was in the course of that I learnt she is already a grandmother, Idayat was just 30!

She is a single mother, she had three children for three different fathers, and the last child she takes with her to the market, is her grandchild, a baby named Ahmed.

Motherhood started early for Idayat. She had her first child, Anifa when she was 16 and in SS1. She dropped out of school and learnt tailoring. It was there she met a guy, Johnson who was a furniture maker. They had an affair that resulted in her having another child, a girl. Johnson, is described as a very loving man that stood by her and helped her fight her shame, unfortunately he was a victim of a gun fight between the police and the notorious ‘1 Million Boys’ some years ago in Ibadan. Johnson was killed and his family threw Idaya out claiming he wasn’t married to her and threatened to come back for his child when they have money for a DNA to determine the child’s paternity.

Idaya had a a third affair which she wasn’t willing to talk about, another child came out of that brief relationship and she ended up having four children to cater and carry about the responsibility of a 30-year-old single mum, and a grandmum at that!

She revealed she wasn’t the biological mother of the youngest child. She confessed her first child, Anifa made a similar mistake she made and got pregnant at 14 for a stranger, a man she only knew his phone number and not his address. She took the baby from her to cover the shame, Anifa now lives with a family member in Abeokuta where she is learning a trade.

Idayat story is one of the many tales surrounding teen marriages and teen pregnancy in different parts of Ibadan.

It’s not an unusual sight seeing pregnant, under-aged girls loitering markets and stalls in the city, it’s an alarming trend that moves from one generation to the other.

In 2015, an independent report claimed in Nigeria, an estimated 23 percent of women aged 15-19 years have begun childbearing, of which 17 percent have had their first child and 5 percent are pregnant with their first child. Also, 32 percent of teenagers in rural areas have begun childbearing, as opposed to 10 percent in the urban areas of Nigeria.

In 2018, the percentage in urban areas increased to 28, while no one can rightly put a figure to what it becomes in 2020.

Factors contributing to teenage pregnancy include: dowry payment, poverty, low educational status, poor quality, and access to, reproductive health services, peer pressure, tradition and culture.

Ibadan Socialite, Gatuzzo Killed In Top Politician’s Hotel

Ibadan social circle is thrown into deep mourning with the death of socialite, Olaleye Abiola popularly called Gatuzzo.

The deceased was shot dead at the Town House hotel, Iyaganku GRA, Ibadan belonging to APC chieftain, Oloye Bayo Adelabu.

Before his death, he was an ardent follower of Adelabu who contested the last governorship election and lost to Governor Seyi Makinde.

Gatuzzo was said to have entered the hotel and was making a call when he was shot by some armed men who were already raiding and were about leaving the premises.

There were different narratives hinged to his death. While some people believed it was just an armed robbery attack, others think otherwise.

A friend also hinted papermacheonline that Gatuzzo just started the mint-changing(money) business.

He was said to be preparing for his wedding some hours before the sad incident happened.

‘Kaduna’s Problem Has Given My Husband Grey Hairs’ El Rufai’s Wife Laments

Wife of the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Hadiza, is full of concern and worries about her husband.

The pretty woman, a writer and the founder of the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation came out some days ago as she voiced her worries over the stress and huge responsibility that the office of her husband is having on him.

The woman playfully commented on how her husband’s hair turns grey, attributing it to the daily stress he faces as the governor of Kaduna State.

The governor and his wife are both 60 years and they’ve come a long way, raising a family and weathering the storm.

Her comments spurred hilarious reactions from her friends and associates.