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BREAKING: Afenifere spokesman, Odumakin is dead

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The national publicity secretary for the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, is dead, OBSERVERS TIMES learnt

Mr Odumakin, a public analyst, activist and politician, reportedly died in Lagos on Saturday morning.

There is, however, no official comment from his family and political associates as of the time of filing this report but reliable sources including Mr Odumakin’s close aides confirmed the development to media house,

“We are on our way to the morgue to deposit his body,” one of his aides confided in a source on the phone.

It is also not clear the specific cause of Mr Odumakin’s death but he had long battled diabetes and survived diabetic-related complications many times in the past.

According to one of his associates, Mr Odumakin had in the last two weeks told journalists that he would not be able to pick his calls due to failing health, and introduced an associate to be in charge of his official communications.

Also, about a month ago, Mr Odumakin fell critically ill during a visit to the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola. The government promptly responded by offering him emergency medical care.

He, immediately returned to Lagos after he was stabilised by the medical officials.

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10 ex-governors linked with £56m properties in UK – Report

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There is a fresh report linking 10 former Nigerian governors to properties worth £56 million (about N30billion) in the United Kingdom.

The report on illicit financial flow (IFF) from Nigeria to the UK and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also showed 216 properties were owned by 13 Nigerian law enforcement officers in the UAE.

The report, according to SaharaReporters, was presented at a media roundtable organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation.
Neither the identities of the former governors nor the venue of the roundtable was disclosed.

A don at the Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK, Dr. Gbenga Oduntan, presented the report titled, “Fixing Nigeria’s Illicit Financial Flows: A Critical Review of UK and UAE Policies, Laws and Practices.

Commenting on the report, Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, said funds stolen from Nigeria and taken to the UK and UAE were mind-boggling.

He noted that both countries have become enablers of illicit funds and stressed the need to challenge external collaborators aiding the flow of illicit funds out of Nigeria.

“We should make it difficult for people to take out the proceeds of crimes,” he said, adding that the UK and UAE should protect their systems from “those toxic resources.”

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The HEDA chairman further noted that while over $50 billion is lost annually to IFF in Africa; Nigeria retains the lead among other African countries in the menace.

Stakeholders have however advocated for the creation of a tripartite anti-corruption task force for the three countries to stop the illicit financial flow.

Oduntan, who presented the research report, said apart from the huge amount of money illegally stashed abroad by politically exposed persons in Nigeria, $15bn alone is lost to tax evasion by multinationals in Nigeria.

In addition, he said there is heavy under-invoicing between Nigeria and the UK, adding that fixing Nigeria’s illicit financial flow would require the destination countries to collaborate with the country in shutting their systems against suspected proceeds of crimes.

He, however, lamented that this is not the case, saying, in UAE, findings showed that prosecution of money laundering cases was very low.

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Age Does Not Matter, I Need a Man To Marry Me Please – Woman Begs on The Streets

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A Woman identified as Lucy Chemotai has taken to the streets, to beg the men that she is due for marriage.

Currently, there are many debates that have been emerging concerning the scarcity of men for marriage.

Many people suggest that this could be as a result of the tough economy that is brought about by the pandemic.

According to Lucy Chemotai who is also known as Chepkam while in the street of Eldoret she wants any serious man irregardless of his status.

The woman surprised people saying that even if the man is broke she will be okay with him.

Furthermore, she said that age to her was just a number and any man who is 18 years and above could avail himself.

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I Need Your Help Now Than Ever, Uzodimma seeks stakeholders’ support over insecurity

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Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has urged traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders to support government’s efforts aimed at tackling insecurity in the state.

The governor made the appeal in Owerri, yesterday, at the town hall meeting of the council of traditional rulers in the state on security issues.

Uzodimma, represented by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Paul Emeziem, also reiterated his commitment to ensure sustainable peace and unity in the state.

He said his determination to offer viable development and prosperity of the state would be unachievable without peace and security in the state, adding that he was not unmindful of handiwork of the enemies and oppositions to distract the government and make the state vulnerable.

He said: “No doubt, we are not sleeping over the security situation in our state but the government cannot do it alone. We need relevant information and support from the traditional rulers and other concerned Imo citizens to achieve results.

“We are also determined to support every effort that will ensure sustainable peace and unity of the state because without that, all the laudable vision and developmental programmes of the government would not be achieved.

“So, beyond what the government is doing in the areas of infrastructure, human capital development and so on, which are visible and commendable, there is need for us to join hands together to protect and safeguard the state and lives of the people.”

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“We are under obligation as patriotic citizens to support the government to provide the desired dividends of democracy for our people and we are undaunted in the resolve to get Imo back on track for the general good of the people,” Emeziem added.

Earlier in his remark, His Royal Highness, Eze Emmanuel Okeke, Chairman, Imo State Community Policing, condemned the recent attacks in the state by suspected hoodlums.

He also backed the establishment of the security outfit called EbubeAgu by the South-East governors, expressing optimism that with support of the people, they would achieve the desired results.

He said: “We, the entire Ezes in the state, have vowed to partner with efforts that would bring to book those behind the dastardly and ungodly acts in our state.”

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