Thursday, 22 February 2018

CSR: UBA Foundation Brings Comfort to Students of  Usman Danfodiyo University, Commissions  Link Bridge

UBA Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility Arm of Pan- African financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has completed the construction of a pedestrian bridge primarily for students of the Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto State, thus bringing comfort to students of the institution.
The construction of the bridge,  valued at about N13m was commissioned on Monday, by the Governor of Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,
For over four decades, the students of UDUS, especially those living off-campus had found it tedious to connect the campus as the area was impassable, especially during rainy season. They couldn’t get in and out of their dormitories and to the mosque easily and were going through an uncomfortably long route to get to lectures.
In August 2017,  at the  National Dialogue Series organised by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the school , the Chairman of UBA Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu acceded to the request of the students who had informed him of their plight and promised to assist them.  UBA Foundation came to their aid.
At the opening ceremony of the newly constructed bridge, the UBA GMD, Kennedy Uzoka expressed delight at the prompt completion of the project and reminded the students that UBA  remained committed to easing the day-to-day challenges of  the citizens, and especially students living within and beyond its areas of operations, adding that the core values of the bank - excellence, enterprise and execution – is aimed at putting the customers and society first. This, he noted prompted the bank’s intervention, adding that ensuring customers’ satisfaction and giving back to the people were a focal point for the bank and the UBA Foundation.
He said, “As an institution, we are passionate about giving back to society through UBA’s Foundations’ components: Empowerment, Education and Environment. This construction falls under the area of education and environment. We want to be a role model with uniqueness not by coincidence but by physical commitment ‎and strengthening of our good will in advancing the course of humanity through our foundation. We have been doing this over the years by sponsoring essay competitions and indigent students to institutions across African countries where we operate.
We believe in meritocracy, industry, entrepreneurship and mentorship of young students to become good ambassadors of the country in their endeavours.” Added Uzoka
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who was represented at the ceremony by Secretary to the State Government, Professor Bashir Garba commended Elumelu, the bank  and the UBA Foundation for the gesture that adds value to the institution. Whilst calling for other stakeholders to emulate the actions of Elumelu, he noted that education in itself is capital intensive that requires the participation and support of corporate stakeholders to succeed.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdullahi Zuru also noted with pleasure the philanthropic gesture of Elumelu in building hope and strengthening value-adding relationship to the institution and especially to the youths.  He explained that the edifice commissioned was vital to the day-to-day movement of students for their daily academic and other extracurricular activities.
According to him, for the past four decades, the students had not been finding it easy especially during the rainy season which affected their movement through the passage due to the mushy nature of the spot. “We reached out to a number of organisations but thank God UBA heeded our call and came through for us in a big way. It is now the shortest way for our students particularly now. We deeply appreciate Elumelu and the UBA family. The edifice which has side lights will serve us in no small way,” he stated.
In the recent past, UBA Foundation has intervened in the infrastructure development of universities across Africa with donation of ICT centres, hostels, recreational parks among many others.  Beneficiaries of such interventions include Universities of Ilorin, Benin, Lagos, Ekpoma and many others.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Police Arrest Former NURTW Chairman, Akanni Olohunwa, For Allegedly Masterminding The Assassinations of Hamburger, Madox, Kunle Poly's PA, Others

A suspected killer, Adeola Williams, 39, aka Ade Lawyer and his suspected accomplice, Rafiu Akanni Olohunwa have been arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Intelligence Response Team (IRT).
Ade Lawyer, said to be responsible for the death of a National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) member, Ganiyu Ayinla (a.k.a. Piero), on Lagos Island on January 23.
He was nabbed on Wednesday in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
He was said to have confessed killing Rasaq Bello a.k.a. Hamburger, a union leader in Oshodi.
Olohunwa was the former NURTW Lagos State Council Chairman.
The police said Ade Lawyer had been on the wanted list for over five years following his involvement in killings in the Southwest.
Olorunwa was alleged to have contracted Ade Lawyer to kill NURTW Lagos Island Chairman Azeez Lawal (a.k.a. Kunle Poly).
Ade Lawyer, the police alleged, confessed that he was paid N500,000 with a promise of N1,000,0000 balance to execute the job.
However, he allegedly missed the target and killed Lawal’s personal assistant, Ayinla.
Police said Lawal escaped death but sustained bullet wounds.
Upon his arrest, the suspect was alleged to have confessed to the killing and that of others in the zone.
“He said Olohunwa refused to give them the N1, 000,000 balance because they killed the personal assistant, instead of the man he sent them to eliminate.
“Hence, Adeola Williams a.k.a. Ade Lawyer traced the driver of Olohunwa and seized his black Hyundai Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) from the driver. He called the owner that they would release his SUV after he paid them their N1 million balance.
“He said they needed to hide until tension subsided since two of his accomplices had been arrested by the police.
“He confessed that Olohunwa has been calling him to be very careful and that he should hide because his members have been arrested.
“He listed other victims he killed in the past to include Rasaq Bello a.k.a Hamburger, a union chairman in Oshodi, Babajide Dosumu aka Mados in Ebute Meta, Salawe in Ajah, Ganiyu Asaro and others in Badore where he said he sprayed bullets in their car and killed the five occupants.
“Olohunwa was arrested in Ebute Meta by IRT operatives. Efforts to arrest the remaining gang members are on,”” the police said.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

REVEALED: Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso Is Obasanjo’s Joker Against Buhari In 2019

Rabiu Kwankwaso, a serving senator and a former Governor of Kano State, will be the presidential candidate of the Olusegun Obasanjo-led coalition, the “Third Force” that plans to stop President Muhammadu Buhari should he seek reelection in the 2019 presidential poll.
Despite Obasanjo’s recent claim that he has no preferred candidate, THEWILL can report that the former president had prior to the launch of his movement consulted widely particularly with General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdulasami Abubabar and General Aliyu Gusau and zeroed down on Kwankwaso as the candidate with the popularity to challenge Buhari in the North West, especially in Kano, where Buhari has millions of die-hard supporters.
Already, Obasanjo and Babangida have been able to build a formidable coalition of former military leaders, with General T.Y. Danjuma joining the click despite being a sworn enemy of Obasanjo.
Also, Obasanjo has gotten Senate President, Bukola Saraki and House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara to commit to the Third Force, THEWILL can also exclusively report.
Saraki and Dogara, alongside their supporters across the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the minority Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the National Assembly will in the coming weeks move in droves to the Third Force which will likely metamorphose into the Social Democratic Party, SDP, the political party that may be the new vehicle that Kwankwaso will ride on to challenge Buhari.
Sending the danger in the plot, President Buhari recently reached out to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to help resolve issues that have fractionalized the party and pitched leaders against each other.
But Kwankwaso, who is also being wooed by the PDP may be fighting the biggest battle of his political career as powerful forces in the APC in Kano led by the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Ganduje are hell bent on prematurely ending his political career.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


The Lion and his Jewel, Folake

Tony and Awele Elumelu
The Nigerian society is replete with many many celebrity couples, who have consistently portrayed the joy and bliss that characterize marriage. In the spirit of Valentine celebration, The ELITES takes you through a pictorial tour of some of the Nigerian society's most famous couples.

Lai Mohammed and wife, Kudirat

Oba Saheed Ademola Oloori Aramide Elegushi 
Dele and Bolaji Momodu

Pastor Paul Adefarasin and wife, Ify

Theophilus and Daisy Danjuma

Ernest and Elizabeth Ebi
Chiedu and Kehinde Ebie

Dr Tajudeen Okoya and wife

Tayo and Tutu Ayeni

Jimi and Biola Agbaje
Pascal and Chinyere Dozie

Ben Murray Bruce and wife, Evelyn

Olorogun Sunny Kuku and wife, Susan Hart

Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and wife, Frances

Richard and Jumobi Mofe-Damijo

Fola Adeola and wife, Hajara

Governor Ayodele Fayose and wife, Feyisetan

The Lion and his Jewel, Folake

Oba Adedapo Tejuosho and wives- Yetunde, Omolara and Olabisi

Pastor Tunde Bakare and wife, Laide

General Raji and Fatima Rasaki

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and wife, Bolanle
Dr. Raymond Dokpesi and wife, Moji
Ambassador Walter Carrington and wife, Arese

Governor Nasir El-Rufai and wife, Aisha

Governor Abiola Ajimobi and wife, Florence

Keem Belo-Osagie and wife, Myama
Governor Adams Oshiomhole and wife, Iara

Charlie Boy and Diane Oputa

Bisi Olatilo and wife, Folashade

Chief Alex Duduyemi and wife, Olusola

Oba Idowu Oniru and wife, Oloori Aramide
Kessington Adebutu and wife, Temitope

Donald and Onari Duke
Akeem Ogbara and wife, Folakemi