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Amidst Controversy, Ibrahim Dende To Celebrate 54th Birthday

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Ibrahim Egungbohun popularly known as ‘IBD Dende’  is 54 today Sunday, March 3, 2024.

 

The celebration comes amid intense scrutiny about the source of  wealth of the socialite whose 50th birthday celebration in March 2020 remains the talk of the town.

 

Dende is presently fighting to save himself from what he termed ‘malicious attack against my personalty’ after an expose from investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyombo who shed light into his claim to fame, linking it with smuggling and arms dealing.

Soyombo’s reports have magnified quiet talks about Ibrahim Dende to the status of national consciousness.

 

The reports play up assertions that Dende is a legend of the behind-the-scene importation business (smuggling) with top-level collaborators in government quarters.

“The talks were there about Dende but his massive giving dwarfed them” according to those in the know.

Formerly known as a carpenter in Ebute-Igbooro – Yewa North Local Government, Ogun state – Dende hit wealth after he left the trade to embrace the “Freight Forwarding Business” according to those defending accusations of smuggling against him

Married to Lara – an indigene of Ondo state and businesswoman – Dende’s chieftaincy title of the Oluomo of Yewa land ( his wife is the Yeye Oluomo) speaks volumes of how much influence he wields in his base.

Usually celebrated lavishly, even in absentia, those who should know say there are talks about downplaying his birthday celebration this year – to avoid amplifying the allegations raised by Soyombo with a seemingly “I don’t care attitude”.

His friends and fans have, however, started showering him with birthday wishes in a strong show of solidarity.

Away from allegations against him, Dende is officially a licensed clearing and forwarding agent and Chairman of IBD Impex Limited.

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FG To Ban Lamonade Finance, Others For Illegal Money Operations In Nigeria

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In a move to control forex the Federal Government of Nigeria is planning to suspend the operations of Lamonade Bank and some other IMTOs in and outside Nigeria.

 

Lamonade Finance allows people outside Nigeria to send money home instantly and for free, an operation the Government is considering its legality and posed to suspend.

 

The Central Bank has accused Lamonade and others of of aiding and abetting criminals to transfer their proceeds in and outside the country.

 

The CBN has directed all commercial banks in Nigeria to close any suspicious account belonging to the organizations while also warning the public not to have any transaction with them.

 

The CBN claimed it has been having fears of their activities as it disrupts markets dynamics.

 

Apart from the suspicion of an economic sabotage, the apex bank is also concerned of national security as the platforms are also patronized by kidnappers for the payments of ransom.

 

A similar platform, Binance has been banned and fined by the Federal Government in a bid to rein in speculation on the naira.

 

There is growing concerns regarding the move to also put Lamonade and others on the ban list.

 

Lamonade was founded in 2020 by a Nigerian Ridwan Olalere, Rian Cochran, and Dayo Koleowo.

 

The businessmen joined resources to float Lamonade and built a borderless money app for Afrcans in the diaspora.

 

 

 

 

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‘wicked, stupid lies’ Aides React To Gov Makinde’s Private Jet Acquisition

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‘it’s wicked and stupid! I don’t know how to respond to such’

 

That was a response from one of the aides to the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde when asked to confirm if truly the Governor recently acquired a private jet.

 

A report monitored online by papermache.com alleged that the Governor has joined the league of jet owners in Nigeria.

 

Governor Makinde was said to have been spotted at the Felix Houphouet Airport, Abidjan alighting from the aircraft alongside, Alhaji Azeem Gbolarumi and Alhaji Bisi Olopoeniyan at the just concluded AFCON finals.

 

This stemmed the report that the Governor has just acquired the private jet for his private use.

 

Another aide of the Governor who refused to add his name, citing reasons that he wasn’t allowed to make official comments responded to the allegation as ‘funny! How can you say somebody bought a jet because he alighted from it?’.

 

 

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Access Bank Boss, Herbert Wigwe Dies In Helicopter Crash

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Access Bank boss, Herbert Wigwe has reportedly died in a chopper crash.

 

Wigwe and 5 others were said to be travelling in the helicopter when it crashed somewhere close to Nevada, USA.

 

There was no confirmation if his wife and child was in the chopper with him.

 

According to New York Times, none of the passengers of the ill fated helicopter has not been found.

 

 

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