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‘I Regret Falling Out With Rashidi Yekini Before He Died’ -Mutiu Adepoju

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Former Nigeria International, Mutiu Adepoju  said  he regretted not settling the feud between him and late Super Eagles’ colleague and friend, Rashidi Yekini before he passed on.
Adepoju confirmed that the closeness between him and Rashidi Yekini was like that of brothers, and that he was so close to him to the extent that they visited one another at home.
He confirmed all these while featuring on Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio, anchored by Olayinka Agboola on Space FM 90.1 .
Mutiu Adepoju, the “head master” said he was a close associate of the  Rashidi Yekini but he regretted not having the chance to reconcile with him before his demise.
“We actually fell apart – along the line, we stopped relating when I realized that he would not pick my calls . I just decided not to look at his side again. But I actually should have approached him to ask him why he was not picking or returning my calls.”
Adepoju, however, confirmed too that he has  a long-lasting relationship with Dimeji Lawal, another U20 and Super Eagles’ colleague.
 “Dimeji and I have always been together. We have a long history. We grew up together at CRIN in Ibadan .”
While speaking about his passion for football, he said “everything that you are involved in is about passion. I never imagined doing any other thing than football. God is the only one that can show the way.”
Talking about his memorable moments, he pointed out that “one of my most memorable moments was in 1989 when we performed what Nigerians referred to as the Daman Miracle in Saudi Arabia.
According to the Ibadan-born former Super Eagles’ playmaker, “The lesson I learned from the Daman miracle was that one must not give up when faced with challenges.
Having played in the Spanish league for many years, Mutiu Adepoju said that for Nigerian football to develop, all stakeholders must put round pegs in round holes.
“The Nigerian league has many potentials. It can grow. We can even develop it more than the La Liga. We must have the determination. The passion, at this moment, is not really there. It is demoralizing.”
When asked to react to the recent death of another Super Eagles’ colleague, Ajibade Babalade, he expressed deep sadness saying “Babalade was a person I knew very well, we played together at Senegal 92. And when I returned to the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) as the General Manager, he was the Camp Commandant, I made him the Team Manager. Ike Shorounmu called me that same Friday night that he died to inform me about the sad development. It was a sad loss.”
While speaking about the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), a team he once managed, Mutiu expressed his satisfaction over the contributions of the present Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde to the growth of the team.
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From Boardroom To Politics, Ex-First Bank Boss Eyes Oyo Governor’s Seat

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Adesola Adeduntan, the erstwhile Managing Director of First Bank has been named as one of the would-be successors of the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde come 2027.

 

The banker who was allegedly eased out of banking for some undisclosed misdemeanors is claimed to have began consultations as he charts a new path in politics.

 

Sources hinted that Adeduntan had been interested in an elective position but his participation was measured because of his banking career. But now, the coast is clear and he is already aligning himself with some stakeholders ahead of 2027.

 

A list of names including Ilaji boss, Dotun Sanusi, Taofeek Arapaja, Stanley Olajide and many more has features as interested minds gunning for the number one seat in Oyo, a list Adeduntan has recently joined.

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Ex First Bank Boss, Afonja Dies In Auto Crash

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-Femi Bamgbose

 

Details have emerged on Monday, 20th May, 2024 regarding the tragic death of a former Chairman of First Bank Plc, Ajibola Afonja.

 

The 82 year-old man was said to have died in a car accident.

 

The accident occurred somewhere around Oyo town.

 

Sources hinted papermacheonline that the former Minister popularly known by his company name ‘IDS’ Integrated Dimensional System was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan where he eventually gave up the ghost.

 

The news spread like wildfire within the society circle across Oyo State where Afonja was highly revered.

 

Family sources claimed he would be buried today according to Islamic rites.

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‘How Yahaya Bello Withdrew Almost $1M From Kogi Account To Pay Child’s School Fees’ EFCC boss, Olukoyede

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The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ola Olukoyede, has revealed that a former governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, transferred $720,000 from the government’s coffers to a bureau de change before leaving office to pay in advance for his child’s school fee.

 

Olukoyede revealed this during an interview with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

He said, “A sitting governor, because he knows he is going, moved money directly from government to bureau de change, used it to pay the child’s school fee in advance, $720,000 in advance, in anticipation that he was going to leave the Government House.

 

“In a poor state like Kogi, and you want me to close my eyes to that under the guise of ‘I’m being used.’ Being used by who at this stage of my life?”

 

 

Olukoyede further stated that he personally reached out to Bello, offering him a chance to clarify the situation in a respectful setting within the EFCC office but the ex-governor reportedly declined to cooperate, citing fears of harassment from an unnamed woman.

 

The EFCC boss added, “I didn’t initiate the case; I inherited the case file. I called for the file, and I said there are issues here.

 

“On my own, I called him, which I am not supposed to do, just to honour him as an immediate past governor. ‘Sir, there are issues. I’ve seen this case file. Can you just come let us clarify these issues?’

 

 

“He said, ‘Ha! Thank you, my brother. I know, but I can’t come. There’s one lady that has surrounded EFCC with over 100 people to come and embarrass me and intimitade me.’

 

Bello was said to have suggested that the EFCC come to his village rather than conduct an investigation at the agency’s quarters.

 

“I said if that is the issue, I’m going to pass you through my own gate, and you will come to my floor. We will accord you that respect. I will invite my operatives; they will interrogate and interview you in my own office. What could be more honourable than that to allay the fear?

 

“You know what he said: ‘Thank you, sir, but can’t they come to my village? Olukoyede added.

 

The chairman also highlighted the agency’s achievements during his tenure, stating, “We have recovered close to 120 billion and secured over 1,600 convictions in six months.

 

“I’m so passionate about the need for us to move forward in this country. We need the EFCC to survive. There are so many victims that we have wiped tears off their eyes, people that have been swindled in their millions. Every day, we keep recovering money for victims.”

 

PUNCH Online reports that the EFCC chairman, Olukoyede, has vowed to resign from his position if Yahaya Bello is not prosecuted.

 

The EFCC is seeking to arraign Bello on 19 counts bordering on alleged money laundering, breach of trust, and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N80.2 billion.

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