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Magu: FCMB tenders appology to Pastor Omale

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Magu: FCMB tenders appology to Pastor Omale

First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has apologized to Pastor Emmanuel Omale, General Overseer of the Divine Hand of God Ministries and associate of suspended Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu over N573 million mistakenly paid into his account.

The apology, published in three national newspapers, The Guardian, Daily Trust and Business Day, was sequel to a threat by Pastor Omale’s lawyer, Mr Gordy Uche, SAN, to sue the bank for N5 billion damages for defaming his client.

In a letter dated September 11, 2020, titled “Re: Bank Negligence Occasioning Unique Investigation And Defamation To Our Client” and sent to Uche, with copies of the public apology attached, the bank reiterated that the sum of N573 million was mistakenly paid into Omale’s account and also denied that the error was intentionally done to tarnish the image of the revered cleric.

Legal Counsel, Adewale Fati and Olugbenga Elemide, who signed the letter on behalf of FCMB, stated that the bank regrets the error and has accordingly published a public apology in three national newspapers as demanded by the senior advocate on behalf of Pastor Omale.

The letter reads in part, “Please be informed that in line with the undertaking contained in our aforementioned letter, we have published in three national newspapers (The Guards newspaper, Daily Trust newspaper and Business Day newspaper) on September 11, 2020. Please find attached herewith copies of our public apology to Divine Hand of God Ministries.

” It is our hope that the public apology has assuaged the grievances of your client, having seen that the error was indeed not borne out of any malice towards them. Kindly extend our good wishes to your client, whilst assuring you of our warm professional regards”.

Uche SAN had earlier written to FCMB demanding a public apology in three national newspapers and N5 billion as damages for alleged defamation of Pastor Omale and Divine Hand of God Ministries as a result of the said N573 million mistaken deposited in the cleric’s account with the bank.
It could be recalled that certain section of the media had alleged that the pastor bought a non-existing N573million house for Magu.
But the allegation collapsed like a pack of cards when the FCMB publicly stated that there was an error as no money was paid into the pastor’s account

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MAAN honors Niger coordinator for her commitment, dedication to the association

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From Naseer Mijinyawa, Minna

The Niger State coordinator of Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN) Hajiya Aisha Gogo Abdullahi has received a meritorious award for her commitment and dedication to the association in the North Central states.
The award which was presented to her by the association within the North Central states was aimed at encouraging her to be more committed to improving the well being of members.

Presenting the award at Doko international Hotel in Minna, the Niger Sate capital at the Weekend, the National president of MAFAN Alhaji Abubakar Bello Anzar described Hajiya Aisha Abdullahi as a workaholic whose commitment and dedication to the association is unparalleled
According to him, she has taken the association to a higher pedestal since the inception of MAAN.
This he said informed the collective decision of members to present her with the award which he noted was the first of its kind in the history of the association.
The president who was represented by the North Central states’ president of the association Mr. James Kolo reiterated that MAAN will continue to encourage members across the country to emulate the commitment of Hajiya Abdullahi inorder to receive similar award.
He noted that the association which came in to existence in 2017 has continued to grow in leaps and bounds with membership cutting across the country.
He said it was established to increase maize production in the country stressing that it will equally create employment opportunities to the teaming unemployed youths.
He pointed out that since the inception of the association it has contributed meaningfully to the socio economic development of the country through job creation among the increasing unemployed graduates.
He added that it has equally reduced youth restiveness across the country.
He appealed to the state governments and relevant stakeholders in agric development to partner with the association towards addressing the increasing rate of food insecurity that is pervading the country.
The president of the association while appreciating the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Anchor Borrowers for its support to the association, appealed for more synergy from other agencies to enable the association create more employment opportunities for the youths.
Receiving the award, Hajiya Abdullahi stated that the award came to her as a big surprise as “I never thought that all I was doing was being monitored”
She promised to be more committed than ever before to earned her more of such awards in the nearest future.
She admonished the young farmers in the country to key into maize farming to improve their financial status stressing that maize farming is a lucrative agricultural product that is being recognized across the country and beyond.
While commending the association for presenting her with the award, she pledged her unflinching commitment and dedication to the association at all times.

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Omo-Agege celebrates Jonathan at 64, asks politicians to copy his humble disposition

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Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has joined other Nigerians to celebrate former President Goodluck Jonathan on the occasion of his 64th birthday.

In a statement he personally signed Senator Omo-Agege described the former President as a statesman who is unshakably committed to promoting peace and upholding the unity of Nigeria in particular and Africa as a whole.

Senator Omo-Agege applauded his contributions to national development and his unalloyed dedication to nation building, adding that, more than ever before, Nigeria needs the contribution of great patriots.

According to the Deputy President of the Senate, Jonathan’s peaceful disposition and being the first Nigerian President to concede defeat to an opposition candidate place him on a pedestal that is worthy of emulation by all Nigerians.

“By being the first President in Nigeria to concede defeat, you have written your name in gold. Without a doubt, you have shown that nobody’s political ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. This is a lesson all politicians and their followers must draw from.

“As you celebrate your 64th birthday, my constituents and I join your polical associates, family, friends and all your admirers in wishing you many more fulfilling years ahead,” the Delta Central lawmaker stated.

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Lawan eulogises former President Goodluck Jonathan at 64

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, was full of eulogies for former President, Goodluck Jonathan, as he marks his 64th birthday.
In a statement by his special adviser on media Ola Awoniyi Lawan rejoiced with the former Nigerian leader for the good health he is enjoying and for the selfless service that he continues to offer in Nigeria and in Africa.

“Since leaving office in Nigeria, President Jonathan has put his high standing, experience and energy to working for peace, democracy and development in Africa.

“The former President has demonstrated how a great leader can continue to play very significant role even out of office.

“President Jonathan believes in the Nigerian project and has amply demonstrated this by promoting unity and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.

“His acts of statesmanship has been recognised even outside Nigeria and has made him a good example of leadership in Africa.

“I join his friends, political associates and numerous well-wishers in wishing him many more happy celebrations of this day and many more years of impactful service,” Lawan said

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