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How Lagos socialite, Biodun Laja, died after back surgery

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Lagos society establishment was thrown into a very deep grief last Sunday, May 26, after the news of the death of one of the city top-flight matriarchs, Dr. Abiodun Laja, filtered out.

The renowned educationist who owned the famous Lekki British School, reportedly died five days after a successful back operation in a highbrow hospital in the United States. It was gathered that the back surgery is the socialite’s sixth and was said to have survived it before she suddenly suffered cardiac arrest and died days later. Late Laja, who was survived by two sons (the eldest is a popular attorney in New York) and many grandchildren, would have been 70 in January 2020 and she was said to be planning big to celebrate the landmark age.

She started her private school at age 27 and recently celebrated her 42nd anniversary in the education sector. To the deceased, education had always been her passion especially the British Curriculum in which she was trained. After running her school for 25 years, she took a bigger challenge to own a secondary school at the highbrow and beautiful Lekki Peninsula area of Lagos with a vision to stop Nigerians from going abroad at an early age to school as they tend to lose the culture which a lot of parents were not too happy about. And she has recorded a huge success as thousands of pupils and students have passed out of the school. 

The school sitting on 25-acre of land has been rated one of the most expensive institutions in Nigeria with first-class facilities. It has a preschool, junior, high and advanced studies arms.

Laja was the younger sister of Chief (Mrs.) Kofo Olugbesan, a lawyer and former Nigerian Customs top brass. She was also the elder sister of Chief (Mrs.) Olukemi Nelson, prominent politician and the All Progressives Congress, APC National Woman Leader (South West).

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Ojude Oba 2019; Proudly Sponsored By FCMB

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It was a rich showcase of colours, culture and tradition at this year’s Ojude Oba Festival which held in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State on August 13, 2019.

The Ojude Oba, (which in Ijebu dialect means, “the king’s forecourt or frontage”, is a major festival in Nigeria that began over 100 years ago. It brings together all sons and daughters of Ijebuland in Nigeria and diaspora for a carnival-like celebration of the traditional, cultural, spiritual accomplishments and other values of the Ijebu nation.

During the Festival, various age groups (popularly known as the Regberegbes), indigenes, their friends and associates from far and near – all in their colourful costumes and riding on horses, thronged the palace of the Awujale of Ijebuland to pay homage to him amidst prayers and other fun-filled activities.

Sponsors of the Ojude Oba Festival and foremost Nigerian financial institution First City Monument Bank (FCMB) congratulated the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, chiefs, age groups, all indigenes, friends and well-wishers of Ijebuland on this year’s festival.

The Bank reiterated its commitment to support activities that promote and add value to Nigeria’s culture and heritage which are also capable of boosting tourism, trade and the hospitality sector.

FCMB’s participation was as usual grand, exciting and rewarding for the thousands of people within and outside the country that graced the fiesta.In a goodwill message to the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Adetona, the Founder of FCMB Group, who is also the Olori Omo-Oba Akile Ijebu, Otunba (Dr) Olasubomi Balogun, CON, expressed his gratitude to the paramount ruler for his selflessness, distinguished and exemplary leadership for the 59 years he has been the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, which makes him one of the longest reigning monarchs in Nigeria.In the same vein, the Group Chief Executive of FCMB Group Plc, Mr. Ladi Balogun, congratulated the monarch for upholding the values of Ijebuland and raising the status of the event over the years.

He stated that, ‘’the Ojude Oba Festival is a rallying point to promote the sustainable growth and development of our community. We recognise that celebrating our heritage is an important part of our national identity, a means of educating visitors and future generations about our history and an opportunity to measure our growth, development and sustainability.

Hence, for us at FCMB, the Ojude Oba Festival is not just another event. It is a pride to us; being a major platform through which we reaffirm our commitment to the community and promote our nation’s cultural diversity.

We will continue to support all activities of the State with focus on the economic and social development. We are committed to the longevity of the Ojude Oba Festival and are proud to be associated with its grandeur’’.

For more information about FCMB, please visit www.fcmb.com some pictures from Ojude Oba 2019 are shown below:

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REVEALED: How Mo Abudu And FFK’s Ex-Wife, Yemisi Wada Became Bitter Enemies

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  • Untold Story of Betrayal,treachery, backstabbing And Scam

Popular media entrepreneur, Mo Abudu, is presently in the eye of the storm.

It was exclusively revealed that the media personality has been lamenting about her loss and pains ever since the libel suit she instituted against her erstwhile friend, Yemisi Wada was thrown out of a Lagos High Court on Friday, July 12.

Yemisi Wada runs a reputable NGO, Havens Children that caters for the poor and physically challenged, while Mo Abudu runs a media-based organisation, EbonyLife TV.

Close sources disclosed that Mo Abudu was warned against instituting a law suit against Yemisi, but she allegedly refused to heed the warning.

She was even reported to have boasted that she would reduce Yemisi to a nonentity for daring to expose her as a fraud.

Mo Abudu was said to have filed the lawsuit against her former friend after she was allegedly released from the custody of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission EFCC having been reportedly arrested and questioned for misappropriation of funds, generated through “Benefit Concert” held in January 2009.

She was said to have demanded for N200million damages over the “libelous” publication against her.

According to Justice Oyekan Abdullahi, who presided over the case, the publication in question made no claims that could constitute defamation; he went further to advise both plaintiff and accused to go and settle their differences as friends.

We gathered that it was an elated Yemisi Wada that took to the social media to celebrate the outcome of the judgement in her favour.

She insisted in her post that she had obtained victory for the children, who never benefited from the supposed shelter that was to be built for them by Mo Abudu, adding that she was delighted that the children lived to see someone stand up and fight for them.

Also, Yemisi Wada was emphatic in her claim that there was never a friendship between her and Mo Abudu.

She also requested that the funds misappropriated by the EbonyLife TV boss should be retrieved and invested in giving the destitute children a befitting shelter.

Mo Abudu also took to her Instagram handle to lament about being backstabbed, “It’s not every dog that barks in the market that you answer”, she wrote.

Investigation by First Weekly Magazine revealed that the once chummy relationship between Mo Abudu and Yemisi Wada became frosty due to treachery and backstabbing.

It was gathered that Abudu snatched a project owned and nurtured by Wada’s NGO.

She reportedly hosted “Benefit Concert” to raise money to build shelter for the destitute in Lagos.

The concert was said to have yielded hundreds of millions in naira, and it was revealed that the Lagos State Government, under former governor Babatunde Fashola, pumped heavy resources into the project as well.

It was however, revealed that Mo Abudu ended up building the proposed shelters in the sky.

The funds were alleged to have found their ways into her personal pockets.

Sources stated that Mo Abudu ignored the advice of those who told her to put the funds into the purpose for which they were proposed for.

We were informed that angry at this display of disregard for accountability and integrity on Mo Abudu’s part, Yemisi filed a petition to the EFCC, inviting the anti-graft body to investigate the matter.

Consequently, Mo Abudu was said to have been invited, questioned and detained for a couple of days, and she was said to have filed a lawsuit against Yemisi Wada after her release.

Sources also disclosed that Mo Abudu once had an affair with the controversial former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, who was formerly married to Yemisi Wada.

Former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode

We gathered that this never went well with their mutual friends, who frowned at this act of betrayal.

The bickering between the two women was said to be so messy that even Fani-Kayode confided in some people that he wondered why his former wife would not get over his affair with Mo Abudu since she has since re-married.

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15-year-old organizes own kidnap, demands N.5m ransom from father

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A 15-year-old boy has allegedly staged his own kidnap and demanded for N500,000 as ransom.

The minor, who was paraded in Jos, Plateau State on Thursday, told newsmen that he initiated the plan with his friends in order to enable him buy clothes and celebrate his graduation.

“I was the one who initiated the plan and not my friends. I wanted my father to give me money for clothes and to also celebrate my graduation,” he said.

Briefing newsmen on the arrest of the minor, the Commissioner, Plateau State Police Command, Isaac Akinmoyede, said five persons were arrested in a case of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping, including the victim, who stage-managed his own kidnap.

Akinmoyede said the father of the victim, Jerry Vichi, had on July 19 reported at ‘A’ Division, Jos that his son, working as an apprentice at a motor vehicle electrical wiring shop, did not return after the day’s job.

The police commissioner said the suspect’s father reported that he received a phone call from a hidden number informing him that his son had been kidnapped and taken away from Jos.

“The father said that the caller demanded for a N500,000 ransom and threatened the boy’s life,” he said.

Akinmoyede said the command had arrested 44 suspects in connection with alleged kidnapping, armed robbery, culpable homicide and other cult-related activities as part of its efforts to protect lives and property of the people of the state.

He said: “We have arrested 11 notorious kidnap suspects and a syndicate responsible for the recent kidnap at Plateau State Polytechnic Staff quarters, Haipang, Zawan and other places in Jos South Local Government Area.

“We have also arrested two suspects in a case of threat to life and kidnapping at Bokkos Local Government Area and another for criminal activities, armed robbery and allegedly belonging to an unlawful society, with locally-made pistol and two live ammunitions recovered.

“Three suspects for culpable homicide and cult-related offences were also arrested for shooting one Chinedu Okoye dead at Chorbe junction in Jos North Local Government Area, while other armed robbery suspects were also apprehended.”

The suspects were paraded along with three AK 47 rifles, three magazines, 30 rounds of live ammunitions and two unregistered motorcycles, amongst others.

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