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Monday, 20 May 2019

Adron Home Unveils Yinka Ayefele As Brand Ambassador

Adron Home Unveils Yinka Ayefele As Brand Ambassador

Leading Pan African real estate and property, Adron Homes, has added another phenomenal personality to the pool of her ambassadors.

Veteran Gospel singer and producer, Yinka Ayefele has been welcomed to the Adron Homes family amidst cheers and applauds.

The multi-talented singer, who doubles as CEO Splash FM has been recognized for his hard work in the gospel entertainment industry.

Adron Homes which also has many young and vibrant Nigerian artists as their brand ambassadors as well as some international celebs, sees Ayefele as a reputable personality whose historic credentials identifies with the ideal of the company, thus, see him as a mand worthy of emulation.

His adoption is coming in the eve of the forthcoming Adron Homes Young landlord event, which is billed to hold on Monday, May 27, 2019.
"For Sale" Stickers On Moving Cars To Attract N50,000 Payment In Abuja

"For Sale" Stickers On Moving Cars To Attract N50,000 Payment In Abuja

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Directorate of Road Traffic Services, VIO, says pasting “For Sale” sticker on moving vehicles as a way of marketing is illegal and a violation of the law. Mr Kalu Emetu, the directorate’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, on Sunday.

Emetu said that such act was a violation of the FCT Administration’s transportation master plan. He noted that a lot of vehicles had been impounded for violating the law, warning car owners to use proper channels of marketing their vehicles.

He also said that it was illegal for any vehicle owner to market their vehicles in unauthorised car marts in the FCT. “We have been impounding vehicles because it is illegal to be marketing your vehicle inside the city without authorisation. Once you put up any car for sale, it is meant to be at the right place.

“Once you put any car for sale, you pay for advertising, and other fees, so if you have a vehicle for sale, arrange with an authorised car dealer to help you sell it,” he said. The PRO said that once vehicles in an illegal car mart were impounded, a certain fine would be paid on each, depending on the type, before they are released.

According to him, the fine ranges from N50, 000 to N25, 000, adding that the vehicles will also be towed to their office for safe keeping, pending the time the owner pays the fine. “When we get the fine from you, you will have to write an undertaking that you will not repeat such act again.

When all these are done, your vehicle will then be released,” he said. He, however, said if the offence was repeated even after paying the fine, the car owner would be re-arrested and be made to pay another fine. Emetu said the fine was another way of generating revenue for the government.
Nigerian Doctor Wins “Brain Tumor Research” Award In U.S.

Nigerian Doctor Wins “Brain Tumor Research” Award In U.S.

Dr Chibawanye Ene, a US-based Nigerian Doctor, has won the 2019 Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research. A statement from the Clinical Department, Applied Radiation Oncology U.S., said Ene received the award at the 2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting held from April 13 to April 17 in San Diego. The-37-year-old, who is from Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, won the award with his research work on ‘Anti-PD-L1 Immunotherapy Enhances Radiation-induced Abscopal Response in Glioblastoma’.

Journalists gathered that Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps the immune system fight cancer.

The immune system made up of white blood cells, organs and tissues of the lymph system help the body fight infections and other diseases. The Clinical Department stated Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy.

Also, Glioblastoma, known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is the most aggressive cancer that begins within the brain. Initially, signs and symptoms of glioblastoma are non-specific. They may include headaches, personality changes, nausea, and symptoms similar to those of a stroke.

Immunotherapy for glioblastoma has been largely unsuccessful in part because molecular heterogeneity drives selective elimination of only a subset of tumour cells.

According to the statement, it appears that therapeutic success in patients would require achieving an abscopal effect, where following focused radiation therapy, non-targeted tumour cells are attacked by the immune system.

The statement further revealed that it remains unclear how glioblastoma responds to focused radiation in terms of failure location and whether immunotherapy could amplify the immune response to tumour outside the radiation field. The result of the study’s experiment shows that radiation combined with anti PD L1 therapy induces an immunological response to unirradiated glioblastoma.

The researchers are currently optimizing other treatment combinations that could also be readily assessed in phase I human clinical trials.
FG Distances Self From Gov Akeredolu's Marijuana Project

FG Distances Self From Gov Akeredolu's Marijuana Project

Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is not likely to find a willing ally in the Federal Government over his administration’s legal marijuana industry initiative planned for the state.

Despite the collaboration being received from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the governor has been disowned by the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA).

The global legal marijuana industry is reportedly primed to be a jumbo in years ahead and Ondo State is trying to think ahead of time, Akeredolu argued


But the Mohammed Buba Marwa-led PACEDA, in a statement on Friday, stated that no amount of money could be worth the lives of those that would be affected should marijuana be legalised in the country, as being canvassed by Akeredolu and, by extension, NDLEA leadership.

Marwa, a retired military top brass, noted that the timing was so inauspicious, considering that the government had been doing everything to eradicate drug abuse in the country.

“It is disturbing that at this time when about 10 million Nigerians are abusing cannabis, anyone or group will be considering or advocating for Nigeria to legalise the growing of marijuana for economic or whatever purposes.

“Our committee has spent the last six months going round the country to obtain firsthand information about the dangers of drug abuse and how to combat it and we have been faced with the stark reality of how deep the menace has damaged and still damaging lives, especially the youths.

“No doubt, President Muhammadu Buhari was worried about this emergency situation, hence the decision to set up PACEDA to find a lasting solution to the threat. We should not, therefore, fold our arms or keep sealed lips while deliberate attempts are being made to sabotage the genuine efforts of the Federal Government in the interest of the nation.

“We should not forget so soon how many over-the-counter (OTC) drugs were made prescription medicines when millions of our young minds and adults were abusing such. How can we then turn around to call for legalising growing of cannabis when the Federal Government is still in the process of curtailing and eliminating the same?

“We dare say that no economic gain is worth the life of any Nigerian daily damaged on the street as a result of the effect of cannabis. There is, therefore, the need for all stakeholders at the federal, state and local government levels to rally round the Federal Government’s efforts at eliminating the menace of drug abuse rather than engaging in any counterproductive venture,” the PACEDA chairman said.
Why Obesere's Chieftaincy Ceremony Was Cancelled..Olubadan Of Ibadan

Why Obesere's Chieftaincy Ceremony Was Cancelled..Olubadan Of Ibadan

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, has disclosed that the procedure for prescribing and consenting to honourary chieftaincy title holders in Ibadan is too sacrosanct to be bent for anybody.

Oba Adetunji, according to his Personal Assistant, Director of Media and Publicity, Adeola Oloko, stated this while welcoming the Fuji Musicians Association executives led by its National President, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Agboola to his Popoyemoja, Ibadan palace over the weekend.

He stated this in an apparent reaction to the controversy generated by the non-installation of Ibadan-born fuji star, Alhaji Abass Akande Obesere as Agbaakin Bobagunwa of Ibadanland.

According to the Olubadan, while Obesere’s nomination was conveyed to him in a letter he should have appeared in person or by proxy to deepen the discussion on the next line of action by the consenting and prescribed authority before unilaterally announcing Thursday, May 2, 2019, as his chieftaincy installation day in the media.

Oba Adetunji maintained further that, that kind of honourary chieftaincy title is not conferred in Ibadan on Thursdays which he unilaterally fixed by himself without recourse to the Olubadan palace that should have taken into consideration the diary of activities of Olubadan for the day.

“When he came to the palace about five or six days to the proposed installation date with his friends, he admitted to an error of commission and omission, and pleaded for forgiveness; Oba Adetunji contended that nobody in Olubadan palace collected a kobo as installation fees from the Ibadan-born fuji music star as insinuated in some quarters and that Alhaji Akande Obesere is in a position to confirm or deny it. He stated that this was the same position he told his emissaries whom he sent to him before and after the installation date that never was. To show that he had been forgiven, I did promise to confer the honourary chieftaincy title on him at a more convenient and acceptable date.

“But I was surprised to read a story, Olubadan canceled my installation for refusing to call Ijebu-born fuji star. This is untrue, unfair and ungodly. Is the Ijebu-born fuji star a member of the Olubadan-in-Council? Was the Ijebu-born fuji star consulted before Obesere was nominated for the slot by Olubadan palace? Is there any contest between Obesere and the said star for the same chieftaincy position?

“You want to be a chief, you have gone ahead to rent a hall, prepare food, pick aso ebi without paying dues and undertaking your chieftaincy rites.”

The Olubadan, however, stated that Obesere remains one of his sons and subjects whom he would forever wish well.

Earlier, the Fuji musicians executives had commended the Olubadan for his wisdom in steering the ship of Ibadan, pleading with Kabiyesi to reconsider Alhaji Abass Akande Obesere for chieftaincy installation.

Those who came with the National President, Fuji Musicians Association of Nigeria to Olubadan Palace over the weekend include Alhaji Ismail Abolaji, 2nd Vice President; Alhaji Waheed Akangbe, 1st Vice President; Alhaji Nureni Bonanza; and Alhaji Abdul Rashid Ajenifuja, Treasurer, Kwara State FUMAN.
Defamation :Atiku Abubakar Demands N500m From Buhari's Media Aide Lauretta Onochie

Defamation :Atiku Abubakar Demands N500m From Buhari's Media Aide Lauretta Onochie

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23, 2019 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has demanded that the Special Assistant to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, apologise, retract and pay him the sum N500 million as damages for the defamatory statement/publication against him.

In a letter dated May 14, 2019, Atiku, through his counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) said the vile and denigrating publication with the caption, “Atiku on UAE watchlist – Security Sources”, was made available to the whole world on the twitter handle page of the S. A media to the President.

He said the defamatory publication against the person of Atiku was allegedly made on 7th May 2019 and that, “In the said publication, you, amongst other baseless allegations, falsely and maliciously accused our client of being on the watch list of Security Operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“You further falsely accused our client of shopping for terrorists in the Middle East, thereby portraying him as an evil man, mentor of terrorists, someone who has links with terrorists, and a person who is interested in destabilizing the peace and unity of Nigeria.

“Your publication also portrayed our client as a security threat and terrorist to right thinking members of the public and the society at large. These baseless allegations which originated from you vide your tweet on the 7th day of May 2019, was published by several newspapers nationwide and on several social media news blogs”, the letter stated.

Ozekhome said his client (Atiku) categorically denies each and every allegation contained in the said publication which is a figment Of the imagination of the Onochie.

“Our client states most emphatically that the entire opprobrious and denigrating story above referred to is most misleading, baseless, false, malicious and totally bereft of any foundation howsoever.

“We hereby state most emphatically that the inference and grave conclusions made by you in the obviously politically orchestrated story were invented by you and others of your ilk solely to cause maximum damage to the high reputation of our client, who is currently before the Election Petition Tribunal against your employer and boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, challenging the latter’s purported victory in the last presidential election.

“Contrary to your derogatory, disparaging, mendacious and unrestrained defamatory statement, as published in various print, electronic and online media platforms, of and concerning our client, our client is not and hås never been on the watch list of the UAE, or any other country, for that matter.

“He has neither ever been denied entry into, interrogated, nor been declared wanted by the UAE authorities, or any of its security agencies”, the letter said adding that Atiku is presently in the UAE and has not been accosted by any security agencies over the said frivolous and baseless allegations.

Ozekhome said, to say that Atiku is shopping for terrorists is not only dishonest and reckless, but a calculated and politically designed to instigate security agents against him, not only in the UAE but across the world.

He said the odious publication was also aimed at rubbishing our client’s image and reputation, which has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment and done incalculable damage to him.

“Your publication has also caused our client, in the eyes of reasonable members of the public, unspeakable odium, obloquy, hatred, ridicule, psychological trauma and has been subjected to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt, but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism”.

Numerous telephone calls, emails, visits, letters and private social media chats by Atiku’s family members, friends, political and business associates, and international statesmen and women in the last few days attest to the alarm and serious concerns generated by the false publication.

According to the letter, Atiku is demanding that Onochie publish and tender a written retraction for the said libelous publication in six national dailies circulating in Nigeria and one international daily, as well as on all the social media platforms, wherein the said publication was made.

The former Vice President wants the President’s Special Assistance to pay him, “the sum of N500 million, representing minimal damages to assuage his already battered image wholly caused by her defamatory publication, and that if she fails, refuse and/or neglect to accede to our above modest demands within the next 48 hours from the date of this letter, we shall be compelled to activate the full weight of the legal machinery against you, without any further recourse to you.

“We shall, in such a suit, be claiming against you, the sum of N2 billion, representing exemplary, aggravated and punitive damages. This shall be in addition to our demands in the paragraphs above and take further notice that in the event that there occurs any further malicious and libelous publication against our client, we shall be compelled to pursue a criminal charge against you”, the letter said.
Facebook Exposes FG, APC As The Real Enemies Of Nigeria..PDP

Facebook Exposes FG, APC As The Real Enemies Of Nigeria..PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the Facebook revelation detailing the devious manipulations and engineering of disinformation in the 2019 general election by President Buhari’s handlers and All Progressives Congress (APC) further exposes them as schemers and real enemies of our democracy and national cohesion.

The party says that the revelation exposes the APC as a fraudulent and violent-loving party, whose divisive activities are now directly threatening the security stability of our nation.

Indeed, the Buhari Presidency and the APC should hide their faces in shame as Nigerians have seen that their professed sanctimony and ‘holier-than-thou’ claims are mere masquerading.

Our party notes that there are more damning revelations against the APC, not only on its rigging of the general election, but also on how it is working against our nation, which will come to light at the appropriate time.

The APC, which engaged in manipulation to foist itself, will do anything, no matter how vile, to sustain itself in office, not minding the social, economic and collateral damages such could cause our dear nation.

It is however, to say the least, despicable that in their desperation to hold on to power at all costs, President Buhari’s handlers and the APC engaged in this sneaky disinformation, internet lies and smear campaigns against PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

It is also unpardonable that instead of owning up, the Federal Government and the APC, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, are seeking to cover their tracks and divert public attention from their devious acts by making unsubstantiated security allegations against our party and Atiku Abubakar.

The Facebook revelation exposes how President Buhari, in his claimed integrity, allowed the enlisting of criminals, hackers and internet fraudsters in the desperate attempt to manipulate the views of Nigerians against Atiku Abubakar; a scheme which failed as Nigerians had already made up their minds to do away with the incompetent, deceptive, vindictive and corrupt APC administration.

Our party has information of how the APC had to resort to crude manipulation of the electoral process to muscle votes and alter election results after it failed in the smear campaign project.

The APC has now commenced a renewed plot to engage in fabricated security accusations against the PDP and our Presidential candidate in another desperate stunt to play the victim and divert attention from its endless election manipulations, all in the ill-fated attempt to demonize the PDP, hoodwink Nigerians and confer legitimacy on the outcome of the rigged election.

Since the Facebook revelation, the Federal Government and the Presidency have suddenly gone dumb, having been exposed and shown in their true colours. However, the PDP holds to the eternal truth that no matter how lies appears to prevail, truth is bound to triumph at the end of the day.