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The Many Lies Of Udom Emmanuel by Clement Ikpatt

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INFUSION CAKES HOSTS BBNAIJA EX-HOUSEMATES

 

Infusion Cakes & Cafe, a Lagos-based confectionery firm, has hosted ex-housemates of the reality TV show, Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija), in a meet and greet session in Lagos recently.

Founder and chief executive of Infusion Cakes & Cafe, Mrs. Ibigbeye Okobi said the company decided to host the BBNaija ex-housemates because “We really enjoyed the free spirit they exhibited, how natural they were and how they were able to get Nigerians to actually get engaged in everything they did while in the house.”

Okobi said the management of Infusion Cakes & Cafe also felt that the location of the company in the highbrow Lekki area of Lagos would serve as an excellent platform for Nigerians who were keen to meet the ex-housemates, get to know and interact with them in a friendly and hospitable environment to really appreciate them.

Infusion Cakes & Cafe is a modern bakery and cafe where customers can get a combination of international and locally made cakes, coffee, pastries and desserts for refreshment, weddings and special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries, among others.

The highlight of the event was a competition for the decoration of cakes. Participants in the competition included the reigning Miss Nigeria, Miss Mildred Peace Ehiguese; one of the BBNaija ex-housemates, Anto; and a representative of Team Definition, a band of musical artistes which entertained guests at the session.

At the end of the competition which created a lot of buzz and excitement, Anto’s cake was adjudged as the best. The winning cake was then auctioned for N20, 000 and the amount donated to charity.

An elated Okobi expressed the company’s delight at hosting the BBNaija ex-housemates. She disclosed that Infusion Cakes & Cafe which had been in the business of making high-quality cakes and other confectionery products in the last two years is making steady progress. “Since we started, people have been patronising us and we are growing steadily,” she said.

Okobi is a graduate of International Culinary Centre New York, formerly known as French Culinary Institute where she studied cake techniques and designs under the tutelage of Ron Ben-Israel, an Israeli-American pastry chef renowned for his wedding and special occasion cakes and for his detail in sugar paste flowers.

COURT DISMISS BAYO SHITTU’S SUITS AGAINST OYO GOVT

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluseun Abimbola on Wednesday disclosed that the case instituted by the Minister of Communications, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu against the Oyo State Government, Saki Local Government Council and others have been dismissed by the Oyo State High Court of justice sitting in Saki division.

Similarly, the Attorney General also revealed that the Oyo State High Court has dismissed the case filed to challenge the constitutionality of the Special environmental sanitation days in Oyo-State in a suit I/128/2016 filed by one Kayode Oloyede against the Attorney-General of Oyo State & Oyo State House of Assembly (OYHA), explaining that the Claimant had urged the court to set aside the environmental sanitation days in the state on the ground of not being constitutional and lawful.

Mr. Abimbola stated that the resumed hearing of the court filed by Alhaji Adebayo Shittu came up on April 24, 2018, and the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Lateef A. Ganiyu, in a considered ruling dismissed in its entirety the Honourable minister’s Suit no HSK/30/2017.

According to the Attorney General, “You will recall this was the suit in which the Minister was claiming ownership of a parcel of land where a fire station is presently sited. Shittu had claimed the land was granted to him by Saki Parapo on which he planned to build an ICT centre but the local Government claimed the land belonged to her and never granted same to the Minister at any time.”

Abimbola said that the Oyo State Government had at the commencement of the suit filed a preliminary objection against same contending among other things, that the claimant, Shittu had no locus standi to institute the suit, calling him a meddlesome interloper and that there was no reasonable cause of action disclosed by his claims in court.

He noted that the court in its ruling on the argument of the State counsel from the Office of the Attorney-General of Oyo State, found that the claimant did not present any substantial prima facie case to show any legal right capable of being contested on the land in dispute, and further held that the case as constituted disclosed no reasonable cause of action against the defendants.

The Attorney General disclosed that the suit was accordingly dismissed by the court and this puts to an end the claims and counterclaims of the Minister against the Local Government on the said land.

Abimbola explained that Kayode Oloyede in his suit urged the court to set aside the environmental sanitation days in the state on ground of not being constitutional and lawful
as well as praying to the court to adopt the position taken against Lagos State by the Court of

Appeal in a suit which struck down the Lagos State environmental day as being unconstitutional same not having been created by any existing law.

The Attorney General noted that in a considered judgment at the resumed hearing of the case on Monday, April 30, 2018, the Hon. Justice Oni Esan of the Oyo State High Court dismissed the claimant’s case.

“The trial judge distinguished the Lagos State case from the present one, and held that whereas
the court of Appeal so held against Lagos State environmental sanitation days on the ground of same not being a creation of law thus could not be enforced against the plaintiff therein, whereas the Oyo State environmental sanitation days are held pursuant to the provisions of the Oyo State Environmental Law of 2012, 2015, and regulations made thereunder, making the Oyo State exercise legal and constitutional unlike the scenario created in the Lagos case.

“She further held that section 45 of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
shows the rights claimed by the Claimant were not absolute and could not invalidate any law justifiable in a democratic society in the interest of public order, public health, defence, public safety, etc,” Abimbola stated.

 

 

‘thanks for coming’ Guber Hopeful, Bayo Adelabu Woos Gov Ajimobi’s Brother, Wasiu With N1M Cash Gift

It’s sure an interesting time in Oyo State at the moment. A lot of politicking, consultations, inducement is abound ahead the 2019 general elections.

One of the most popular contenders for the governorship position, a seasoned banker and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Bayo Adelabu has taken his game to the home front of the Governor of Oyo State by trying to win his sibling, Wasiu to his side.

Adelabu did this by presenting the Governor’s brother a million Naira cash gift at a meeting in Abuja.

Stories abound that the banker who is rumored to have resigned his position at the apex bank to pursue his political ambition had invited Wasiu Ajimobi and some other stakeholders in the politics of the State to his home in Abuja.

As expected they all had a quality moment, brainstorming with Adelabu initiating moves and promises while seeking their support  to be his ears and eyes and also influence Governor Ajimobi to support his bid to get the APC governorship ticket.

The words of encouragement by the politicians and the Governor’s blood brother must have sweetened Adelabu’s mind as he gave each of his guests a million Naira with a promise of more to come if they can do his bidding and push his interest far ahead of others.

A source revealed to papermacheonline that Wasiu who understands and predict the mind and ways of his Governor-brother puts a call to him while at the airport, enroute Ibadan and narrated all that happened during the meeting and the N1M gift.

The move taken by the banker has fueled what many termed as him being over-ambitious. It was said that the grandson of the late Ibadan politician, Adegoke Adelabu doubted Governor Ajimobi’s words to support his ambition, there are strong indications that the Oyo State Governor has already made up his mind as to whom to support in 2019 and that Bayo Adelabu’s name is not in the plan.

The CBN topshot was said to have earlier sought the backing of APC chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, clandestinely before taking a final resort by making the Governor’s kid brother one of his most reliable power brokers.

 

OYO GOVT PICKS THURSDAY FOR SPEAKER’S BURIAL

Oyo State Government on Monday announced that the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adesina Micheal Adeyemo, will be buried at his residence in Lanlate Area of the state on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun said that the Service of Songs for Hon. Adeyemo, who died on Friday, April 27, 2018 after a brief illness, will hold on Wednesday, May 2 at Oke Ado Baptist Church, Oke Ado Ibadan by 4pm.

He said that there will be a Special Session and Lying in State at the House of Assembly Complex on Thursday by 8am and the Motorcade leaves for Lanlate thereafter for the Funeral Service at New Garage Park, Lanlate Oyo State by 12noon.

Rt. Adeyemo, the Speaker of the 8th Assembly , represented the Ibarapa East State Constituency in the State House of Assembly, was sworn in as Speaker of the State House of Assembly on June 12, 2015.

Prior to his position as Speaker, he was Deputy Chief Whip of the House, member of Fund Allocation, Works and Transport, Agriculture, Trade and Investment, Appropriation and Public Finance committees of the 7th House of Assembly.

The late Speaker was the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Conference of Speakers and also the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee, among Speakers of the States’ Houses of Assembly.

He was a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the International Bar Association. He also served in the executive committee of the Ibadan branch of the NBA as an Auditor and Assistant Secretary.

Dignataries from all walks of life across the country are expected at what Arulogun stated will be a state burial for the late Speaker who is survived by his wife, children and aged parents.

GRANGE SCHOOL WINS ZENITH/IKOYI CLUB SWIMMING TOURNAMENT

Grange School, Ikeja on Saturday emerged overall winners of the Secondary School category of the 3rd Zenith Bank/Ikoyi Club Swimming Gala.
Grange, which had a week earlier also took first position in the Primary School category, was steered to victory by Kishi Deji-Roberts who amassed four gold medals to bag the MVP award for the girls.
American International School (AIS) placed second while British International School (BIS) came third out of nine schools/teams that featured.
Tosan Obatoyinbo of BIS also had a great impact on the tournament which had about 30 events as he was voted the MVP for the boys after scooping four gold and two silver medals.
The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, thanked Ikoyi Club for the opportunity to sponsor the tournament, saying it has helped to identify and nurture future swimming stars.
“Zenith Bank identifies sports as a very key component of our unity as a nation. We also acknowledge that Nigerians love sports and this formed our resolve to keep supporting sports as it helps to build a healthy society. This tournament is getting bigger and better by the year and we are happy to be part of this great project,” Amangbo said.
Section captain, Oloyede Obatoyinbo pledged that Ikoyi Club will continue to work towards the development of the sport noting that some of the talents discovered will be encouraged to move to the next level and help take Nigeria’s rightful place in the sport at continental and international stages.
He added: “At the primary event the standard was encouraging while the secondary category was equally fantastic. This goes to show that we have talents that can compete at the world stage. What is needed is the state, corporate and individual support and we are happy that Zenith Bank is investing in these kids who are going to be the stars of swimming in the nearest future.”

From Lagos To Paris; Lanre Da Silva Ajayi Stitches Up For The Nigerian Creative Arts Exchange In France

The best of Nigerian Arts and Culture is set to take centre stage in Paris at the Nigerian Creative Arts Exchange (NCAE) and justifiably, only the finest will represent the best of Nigerian culture on the global stage.

A celebrity, media and fashion lovers’ favourite, the multiple award-winning Lanre Da Silva (LDA) label has been selected to showcase Nigerian fashion in the festival of Nigerian art, cuisine, fashion, film & music. In nine years, the ‘haute couture’ house has racked up multiple international collaborations most notably with Dolce & Gabbana. LDA’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection specially tagged “Butterfly Kisses” can be purchased at the Dolce & Gabbana Spiga 2 Concept Store located in Milan, Italy. LDA’s selection comes as no surprise as it has carved a niche for its bold use of colour with an edgy twist. The brand also represents a relatively new style that is both refreshing and firmly rooted in Nigerian fashion practices and culture.

The Nigerian Creative Arts Exchange holds in Paris on Saturday 19th May at Le Pavilion Dauphine.

 

Stirring The Hornet’s Nest; Oyo approves Beaded Crowns, Coronets for 48 Obas

 

The Oyo State Government has approved Beaded Crowns and Coronets for 48 Obas across the state, saying that the decision was taken after due consultation in a meeting with members of the Council of Obas and Chiefs.

The government said that the approval was in line with the exercise of powers conferred on the Governor by Section 28(1) of the Chiefs Law Cap 28, Vol. 1 Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria and by virtue of all other powers enabling in that behalf, stressing that the approval has been gazetted with Oyo State Notice No. 20-67 of Oyo State of Nigeria Gazette No. 3, Vol. 43 published 29th March, 2018 and endorsed under the Governor’s Command by the Secretary to the State Government, Ishmael Olalekan Alli.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism stated on Wednesday in Ibadan that 26 Obas will wear Beaded Crown based on the approval, while the remaining 22 will be Coronet wearing Obas, stating that over 100 applications were received for Beaded Crowns from all the geo-political zones of the state.

Arulogun disclosed that the consultative meeting with the Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs was attended by 23 Obas and Chiefs led by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, saying that three of the Obas could not attend due to old age while the other three others did not attend for different reasons.

The Government spokesman stated that after a thorough and fruitful deliberation, the consultative meeting unanimously stepped down the approval for six chiefs, promising that further approvals will be issued in due course.

He pointed out that the elevation of the Baales stepped down would go for further consultations noting that what the Chiefs Law requires is consultation of the council and not approval.

He said that Beaded Crowns were approved for the Alajaawa of Ajaawa in Ogo-Oluwa Local Government (LG) area of the state, the Aale of Oke’Lerin in Ogbomoso North LG, the Onijabata of Jabata in Surulere LG, the Onigbeti of Igbeti in Olorunsogo LG, the Ajoriiwin of Irawo in Atisbo LG, the Asawo of Ayete in Ibarapa North LG, the Obalufon of Sepeteri in Saki East LG and the trio of the Oluigbo of Igbojaye, the Olokaka of Okaka and the Eleyinpo of Ipapo, in Itesiwaju LG.

Others are the Oloje of Oje-Owode in Saki East LG, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland in Ibadan South East LG, the Balogun of Ibadanland in Ibadan North East LG, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland in Ibadan South West LG, the Otun Balogun of Ibadanland in Ona-Ara LG, the Osi Balogun of Ibadanland in Ibadan North LG, the Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland in Ibadan North West, the Ashipa Balogun of Ibadanland in Akinyele Local Government, the Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland in Oluyole LG, the Ekerin Balogun of Ibadanland in Ido LG, the Ekarun Balogun of Ibadanland in Egbeda LG, the Ekarun Olubadan of Ibadanlan in Lagelu LG, the Elempe of Tapa in Ibarapa North and the trio of Oniware of Iware, Oni Fiditi of Fiditi and the Onimini of Imini from Afijio LG.

Arulogun stressed that the approved Coronet wearing Obas include Onijaiye of Ijaiye, Oniroko of Iroko and Onikereku of Ikereku in Akinyele LG, Ololodo of Olodo, Elerunmu of Erunmu and Elegbeda of Egbeda in Egbeda LG, Onido from Ido, Alakufo of Akufo, Oloke of Okelade-Okin, the Olomi of Omi-Adio and Alawotan of Awotan in Ido LG, Olofa-Igbo of Ofa Igbo, Onilagun of Lagun, Onilalupon of Lalupon, Onilegbon of Ile-Igbon, Ologburo of Ogburo and Elejioku of Ejioku, all in Lagelu LG.

Others are Alaba of Aba-Nla, Onidiayunre of Idi-Ayunre and Onilatunde of Olatunde in Oluyole LG, Alakaran of Akanran and Alajia of Ajia in Ona-Ara LG.