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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Linking me with Naira Marley flight is ridiculous - Fashola tells Executive Jets Services boss

Former Lagos Governor and current Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has reacted to a letter written by the Chairman of Executive Jets Services, Sam Iwuajoku, apologizing to the Federal Government after his company was banned by the Ministry of Aviation for conveying singer, Naira Marley, to Abuja from Lagos for a concert in violation of COVID-19 guidelines.

According to Fashola he has not travelled out of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, since March 22 so it is ridiculous for him to be linked with the flight that carried the singer.

On Monday, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika had announced the suspension of Executive Jets services during a Presidential Task Force briefing in Abuja, leading the chairman of the company to apologize saying he gave the approval for the flight thinking the passenger was the minister Fashola, as the flight manifesto contained the name Babatunde Fashola, not knowing that is was Naira Marley's brother who also goes by the name Babatunde Fashola.

Reacting in a statement on Tuesday, Fashola’s Special Adviser on Communications, Hakeem Bello, said,

“The attention of the Office of the Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, has been drawn to a letter signed by the Chairman/CEO of Executive Jets Services Limited, Dr Sam Iwuajoku concerning a flight it operated to Abuja last weekend.

“For purposes of clarity and in order to set the records straight, the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has not travelled out of Abuja since March 22, 2020, when he returned there after an inspection tour of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway construction work and a visit to Lagos, before the lockdown.

“The decision of the Hon. Minister not to travel was taken in strict compliance with the Federal Government’s ban on inter-state travels as part of efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is therefore ridiculous for Dr Iwuajoku to attempt to link the Hon. Minister with any non-compliant flight.”

APC names Abiola Ajimobi as acting national Chairman after court suspended Oshiomole

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed former Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, as the acting National Chairman of the party.

This is coming after the Court of Appeal upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomole as the National Chairman of the APC.

The party announced Ajimobi's appointment in a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu. Read the statement below

''The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress has received the news indicating the Appeal Court has upheld the suspension of the Party’s National Chairman,Comrade Adams Oshiomhole by an FCT High Court pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Guided by advice from the Party’s legal department in line with the provisions of Section 14.2. (iii) of the Party’s constitution, the Deputy National Chairman (South), Sen. Abiola Ajimobi will serve as the Party’s Acting National Chairman.

According to Section 14.2. (iii),of the APC constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, North/South “Shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”.

FG threatens to take action against striking doctors who fail to resume work today as negotiation meeting ends in a deadlock

The Federal government has threatened to take action against any resident doctor on its payroll who fails to resume work today, June 17.

Recall that the National Association of Resident Doctors began a nationwide strike on Monday, June 15. The striking doctors are among other things demanding the payment of their COVID-19 inducement allowances.

A negotiation meeting convened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige with the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the leadership of the Resident doctors, ended in a deadlock on Tuesday night June 16 after many hours of deliberation.

The doctors refused to return to the meeting after a recess was taken. The National President, Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, told newsmen that the doctors would only suspend the ongoing action within 24 hours if the government brings something tangible to the table.

“We are not coming back, we told them if something tangible is brought to the table, we can suspend the action within 24 hours but for now, the strike continues.

I am not coming back, others may come back. The outcome is that all our discussion and demands have not materialised… to a positive outcome and we have assured the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment that once we are able to get a tangible outcome, a notice of the meeting shall be conveyed within 24 hours to review the industrial action.” Sokomba said

Reacting to the striking doctors' position, a visibly angry Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said he was shocked by the position of the doctors. According to him, Nigeria is the first country where doctors will be embarking on a strike action during a pandemic.

Speaking to the striking doctors, he said

''One day you will be sitting where we are sitting; you will be going through the same thing we are going through. It is a circle of life. In other countries, we have seen retired doctors and workers come out of retirement. Nigeria is the first country in the world where health workers went on strike during a pandemic.''

The Minister said a directive would be issued to medical directors of all the hospitals to open a register on Wednesday June 17 to collect records of all doctors who report to work and those who did not so as to determine those who are still in service.

''Health is very important and a critical area at that, and under this circumstance, the health workforce is essential persons. We have pleaded with them over their demands so that the issues can be settled amicably. A number of them (their demands) do have merits, but the government has also tried to meet their demands.

Sometimes, under pressure the way the system is; we have an obligation as a ministry to be ready to protect the lives of Nigerians, we are not going to allow our hospitals to empty. The government has an obligation to support the needs to safeguard the health of the citizens.

The resident doctors have told us that they are not going to return to work anytime soon until certain conditions are met and we are not sure that they would not continue expanding the goal post every time we try to reach a solution.

Therefore, certain steps need to be taken to protect the citizens, particularly those who are in hospitals. The Ministry of Health will issue a directive to all medical directors and Chief Medical Directors of all federal hospitals across the country to open up a register by 7 a.m and record all those who come to work and all those who do not come to work. Further action would follow that and those who come to work, it will be understood they are still in service and when the register closes at 12 noon we will be able to know who comes to work or not.” Ehanire said

Dangote not a co-owner of Executive Jets Services Ltd

Dangote has denied allegations that he is a co-owner of Executive Jets Services Ltd, an aviation company whose operating license was recently suspended indefinitely by the Ministry of Aviation after flouting lockdown guidelines for safety when it conveyed an artiste to Abuja for a concert.

A statement by Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Branding and Corporate Communications, Dangote Group refuted claims that Alhaji Aliko Dangote is part owner of Executive Jets Services Ltd and further denied ownership of the Bombardier Challenger 605 with registration number 5N-EXS.

He said, “Our attention has been drawn to an online publication which alleged that our President/CE, Aliko Dangote is a co-owner of the Executive Jets Services Ltd, a private airline based in Lagos. We hereby refute this allegation in its entirety, as Aliko Dangote has no stake or vested interest in the Executive Jets Services Ltd.”

He further said “The said aircraft Bombardier Challenger 605 with registration number 5N-EXS does not belong to Aliko Dangote. Dangote Group only keeps its fleet of aircraft in the hangars operated by Executive Jets Services Ltd just as others also avail themselves of the hangar services. The general public is hereby advised to disregard this unfounded and misleading report.”

Police release photos of the Florida house where body of Oluwatoyin Salau was found after she was murdered

The Florida house where the bodies of Oluwatoyin Salau, 19, and a 75-year-old woman were found has been pictured for the first time.

Aaron Glee Jr., 49, was identified by police as a suspect after the bodies of Black Lives Matter activist Toyin, and 75-year-old Victoria Sims were found at his rented home in Tallahassee on Saturday night after they went missing.

The dilapidated rented property is located in a wooded area on Monday Road.

During an investigation of their disappearance, information led police to Glee's home in southeast Tallahassee, where both women were discovered.

Glee, 49, had fled to Orlando on a bus before the police arrived at his home, the department said. He was arrested early Sunday by the Orlando Police Department, court records show.

On Tuesday, he was charged with murder and kidnapping, the Tallahassee Police Department said.

Glee was out on bail at the time of their killings.

Court records show Glee was arrested in Leon County for aggravated battery on May 30 and was released on June 1 on a $2,500 bond. He was also accused of battery in connection with a May 28 incident and charges were filed on June 9.

Toyin went missing after she tweeted about being sexually assaulted by a black man who offered her a ride when she was stranded after the Black Lives Matter protest.

The Nigerian race activist took part in a Black Lives Matter demonstration in the Tallahassee area on June 6. She was last seen in a CCTV footage on June 10 at about 7:03 pm at Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida.

See more photos below.

Kate Henshaw reacts as graphic designer calls out Ramsey Noah for allegedly using her designs for his movie without paying for it

A young female graphic designer has called out Ramsey Noah for allegedly using her logo for his movie "Living in Bondage" which he made his directorial debut in, without paying for it.

The lady who admitted not having a signed contract after she was contacted for the job in 2018, claimed the down payment she requested for was also not given because the media director for the movie told her then that the budget has not been approved.

@Louisajilo stated that in spite of using her designs which they told her wasn't good enough, Ramsey Noah has continously ignored after she contacted him.

She tweeted;

Dear Twitter, I said I will make a thread. So I will. In 2018, I was contacted to work as the graphic designer for the 'Living in Bondage' movie. I was very excited as I had never been on a big project like that before hence I knew nothing and did nothing related to paperwork.

I just accepted the job and started working straight away. The only thing I remember requesting was a down payment. But the then media director pleaded that the budget was yet to be approved but I shouldn't worry. As soon as it is. He will avail me some funds towards my charge.

I agreed, and continued working. I had a full time job so I would from work go to the hotel where the crew members were lodging to work. There I saw Ramsey Nouah who was the director of the film. I was given a long list of things I'd need to design but there was no brief.

I started designing majority of the graphics from scratch using only my initiative. They wanted a cult symbol, company logos, a blog page design, an Instagram page for Nnamdi, a photoshop of him in Nysc uniform, custom license plates and a lot of other stuff.

I started with the cult symbol and the pictures below shows the progression. This is because, as there was no brief, they kept making changes constantly, kept saying what they didn't like etc. Most of these feedbacks were from Ramsey and the producer Chris Odeh

They eventually showed likeness for the 4th design. I really felt good. Cos it felt like I was making a huge progress. I continued working on their requests, having sleepless nights and when it came to money, I'd be told they're still having meetings concerning that. I continued

Then it came down to designing the company logos for the movie and after I sent in my designs, I was told they weren't good enough. I accepted and kept working until the media director came to me with a shocking news that I shouldn't work on the company logos again

And that the powers above (the superior crew) had Contacted someone from Abuja to do them. I was sad but I accepted. So I asked him what about the rest, he said of course I can continue with the rest. I said okay. In addition to this up and down system,

There were times I would not receive feedback on designs I had sent for up to 3 days. It kept delaying my work and when I'd ask the media director he'd even show me text chat on how he has sent them to Ramsey Nouah and he's yet to respond. Out of positivity I felt maybe he's busy

I don't even want to talk about the fact that they moved us from that hotel to another with a cramped up room space and deadbeat facilities.. But we managed somehow. At this stage, I had still not been paid, not even the down Payment I asked for. But I was given food and airtime

Things took a wrong turn when I was rushing from work so I could go complete my designs then I receive a call from the media director saying he was fired. I was like what?! What happened? He explained to me that the crew said they weren't pleased with the quality of work

That he was bringing and how he handled his part of the production process. I was sure of the facts cos I know the media director's sister who confirmed to me that he was fired. I said okay, what about my work and designs and even my payment. He said he wasn't paid

And as for my designs, that they neglected them. Saying they didn't even like them and they won't be used. I kept dragging him my money for months to be very honest but there was little or nothing he could do and I later realized and gave up. All he said was he is really sorry

And that he truly understands how I feel and even promised to compensate me when he gets any money. Because of my kind of person, I was very fine with that. After all, working on such big project was really worth it. But this is where it gets really painful.

Almost 2 years after Living in Bondage (Breaking Free is out and guess what, they used my designs in the movie. My blood and sweat, my sleepless nights and broken backs after claiming they were not good enough. Worse of, I wasn't credited, I wasn't paid. I wasn't even compensated

I watched the movie just a few weeks ago and got really emotional when I saw my works. I have been trying to contact Ramsey and he has been ignoring. All I wanted was just to be compensated for my hard work.

Note, not all my designs were used. Which is fine by me even though I put in a lot of work. But here are some of the designs side by side scenes from the movie.

In all honesty, all I ever wanted was to be acknowledged and compensated. Not ignored and belittled like a nobody. I have never dragged anyone on Twitter. I lead quite a private life and I'm all about my hustle. This is my story and your Retweet will help it be told.

Kate Henshaw who reacted to the graphic designer's tweets, said she will reach out to Ramsey Noah. She tweeted;

She tagged the wrong handle. Having said that, let her tag the right person again and we take it from there. Will reach out to him.

Kate Henshaw also served an update on her discussion with Ramsey Noah. She revealed that the media director who hired the graphic designer for the job, was passing off her designs as his.

She tweeted;

Good morning Louisa. Trust you are well. I was tagged on your thread this morning. I can say I know @Ramseynouah_ to a certain extent. He is not that type of person. Ur connect was passing off your job as his own. I have spoken to Ramsey and I hear someone has reached out to you.

FCT minister to prosecute Naira Marley and others over concert

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muhammad Bello on Tuesday June 16, announced that Naira Marley will be prosecuted alongside those who featured and entertained fun-seekers at the Jabi Lake Mall in Abuja.

In a press statement released by the Minister's Chief Press Secretary Anthony Ogunleye, Bello stated that the FCT Administration views the actions of the organisers and attendees at the concert as reckless, wicked, insensitive and utter disrespect and disregard both for the law and the wellbeing and welfare of fellow citizens.

He urged residents of the FCT to observe health guidelines outlined by authorities as he pointed out that several guidelines instituted by the FCT administration to curb the spread of Coronavirus, was violated at the drive-in concert.

Bello said;

"The FCT Administration which has a responsibility to protect the lives of the citizenry is determined to prosecute all those involved in orchestrating these infractions to the full extent of the law”.

This is coming after Jabi Lake Mall was shut down by the FCT administration following a mobile court's judgment.

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