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Unfulfilled Dream of Toyin Igbira: How Her Controversial Marriage To Sade Alesh’s Husband, Gboyega Adesoye Crashed



How She Instructed Her Family To Retrieve The N10m She Loaned Him On Her Dying Bed

Controversial drug baroness, Alhaja Monsurat Ashabi Oloruntoyin Oyemade Rufai Abraham aka Toyin Igbira, is dead.

She died on Saturday, 20 July, at a private hospital in Surulere, Lagos, after a prolong battle with uterus cancer. She was aged 56.

It was gathered that Toyin Igbira was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.

Her search for cure saw her frequenting the United States and the United Kingdom, where she sought for the best treatment the medical profession could offer.

The wealthy socialite, who earned notoriety as a major drug trafficker with arrest and prosecution in the 90s – with another arrest in 2002 – reportedly invested over N200million in medical bills.

As her friends and loved ones continue to mourn her and prepare for her burial, they are determined to carry out her last wishes to the latter.

One of such wishes is to retrieve the N10 million Toyin Igbira loaned her former fiancé, Otunba Adegboyega Babatunde Adesoye, the current husband of Shade Alesh Adesoye, the popular society woman and businesswoman.

Shade Alesh

First Weekly Magazine gathered that Toyin Igbira and Adesoye were married, and their marriage was well known in the society.

It was gathered that the couple was even planning to celebrate their marriage ceremony with a big society party, and had even booked Adebola House on Opebi Road in Ikeja for the ceremony.

Unfortunately, the marriage came to an abrupt end and the couple went their separate ways.

The circumstances that led to their break-up was quite messy.

Toyin Igbira was reported to have complained to her friends that Adesoye was a gigolo, and that he had a voracious appetite for money and materialism.

And since he had nothing to show for his phantom business activities, she found herself funding his expensive lifestyle such as buying cars, jewelry and going on overseas trips.

Aside buying him the latest models Range Rover automobile, Toyin Igbira was also alleged to have loaned Adesoye money on a frequent basis.

However, the N10million in contention was described as a debt, which Toyin Igbira was committed to collecting from her former husband.

According to sources, the drug baroness made several attempts to get Adesoye to pay her the debt all to no avail.

Sources stated that all her efforts turned out to be fruitless. It was when she realized that her former lover had no intention of settling his debt that Toyin Igbira vowed to collect the N10million, if not in this lifetime, then in the life thereafter.

She was reported to have instructed her loved ones to make effort in forcing Adesoye to cough out her money after she might have gone.

Some close watchers are however, hopeful that Adesoye would honour his former wife in death and pay his debt to her three children.

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N1bn Debt: AMCON Takes Over Ex- Minister, Demola Seriki’s Assets



The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) on Monday said it carried out the order of the Federal High Court, Lagos, to take over two choice properties belonging to Ademola Seriki.

Mr Seriki is a former Minister of State for Defence as well as a former Supervising Minister for Mines and Steel Development.

The dispute between Mr Seriki and AMCON had lingered for some time over debt valued at almost N1 billion before the matter was brought the court for settlement.

Mr Seriki’s non-performing loans obligation was sold to the AMCON by the defunct Oceanic and Skye Banks.

Several attempts by the corporation to explore a peaceful resolution of the outstanding obligation failed.

But the case was eventually brought before the court for settlement.

“When all efforts to amicably resolve the loan was frustrated by the former minister and a prominent member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), the corporation was left with no other choice than to defer the matter to court.

“Having looked at the case over time, the court ordered AMCON to take over the assets of the APC chieftain,” AMCON said in a statement by its spokesperson, Jude Nwauzor.

After a review of the claims and counter-claims by the legal counsels representing all the parties, the court presided by Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor ordered AMCON to take over the two properties located in Lagos and Abuja.

Pursuant to the court order, the AMCON, through Oak Partners, who works for the corporation as one of its Asset Management Partners (AMPs) said on Monday it took custody of the two properties.

AMCON said it also received protective orders from the court to take possession of the properties.

The corporation said the two properties include those located at No. 1A & 1B, Jalupon Close, Surulere, Lagos, and the other at No. 4, Djibouti Crescent, a high-brow area of Wuse 2, Abuja.

Mr Nwauzor confirmed the taking over of the two properties pursuant to its mandate as directed by the Federal High Court.

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Police Find Corpse Of Ex-Senate President’s Brother, Killers Still On The Run



The police has found the corpse of Hashimu Mantu, younger brother to former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu. 

Although the killers are yet to be found, the police said the body of the deceased was discovered in Chanso Village.

Mantu was kidnapped in his hometown three days ago, according to family members.

The Plateau State Police Command said the victim’s phone was found beside his corpse that has now been released to the family for burial. 

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AFRIFF 2019: Edem Dotse wins Best Student Short Film



The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2019 came to an end yesterday as Linger by Edem Dotse wins the Best Student Short Film category award.

At the beginning of the eight edition of the popular festival, TECNO Mobile — as part of its commitment to developing and encouraging mobile cinematography and storytelling in Nigeria — partnered with Kiki Mordi and Nora Awolowo to deliver a masterclass on the use of smartphone for film making & storytelling.

The grand finale was the Awards Night, a colorful ceremony that was attended by A-list movie personalities from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. The ceremony played host to a number of big names in Nollywood, including Rita Dominic, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, among others.

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Cross-section of dignitaries and celebrities at the AFRIFF 2019 Awards Night

Apart from the lecture series, TECNO also sponsored and presented the best Student Short Film category award, won by Edem Dotse’s Linger, at the glamorous AFRIFF Globe Awards.

Mr. Chidi-General Manager Transsion holdings Presenting the cheque to the winner of the Best Student Short Film Category in AFRIFF 2019

As the theme of this year’s award is Sheroes, the organizers and their partners are using this edition to celebrate the extraordinary women in the film industry, those stellar personalities who enable us to dream and celebrate storytelling, thus, impacting the society.

The Awards Night also included the recognition of The Ghost & The House of Truth as the Best Nigerian Film, with the Best Director won by Akin Omotoso for the same movie.  The Best Documentary award went to In Search by Beryl Magoko, while the Best Actress category award was won by Kate Henshaw, who acted Officer Stainless in The Ghost & House of Truth.

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On that high note, this year’s edition of AFRIFF 2019 came to an end, bringing to a conclusion an event full of fun, glitz and glamor.

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