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I tried unsuccessfully to serve my wife divorce papers – Obasanjo

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Mr Olujonwo Obasanjo, the son of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday told an Ikeja High Court that he has been unable to serve his estranged wife, Mrs Temitope, divorce papers.

Temitope nee Adebutu, is the daughter of popular Premier Lotto magnate, Sir Kessington Adebutu alias “Baba Ijebu”.

The couple were, however absent in court, while there was also no legal representation for Temitope.

Counsel to Olujonwo, Mr Olayinka Kujembola, informed the court that several fruitless efforts had been made to serve Temitope.

“We have made several attempts to serve her in Abeokuta, Ogun State, but failed.

“Even at her residence located within an Estate in Ikoyi, the court Sheriff complained that he was unable to effect service because of the tight security,” Kujembola said.

Justice Bisi Akinlade noted that proceedings in the divorce suit were always reported in the media and that efforts should be made to serve Temitope in Ogun where she works and resides.

“The issue between this couple is always reported in the papers.

“The respondent stays in Ogun State, why do you want me to grant an Order for substituted service for Lagos where she does not stay?.

“I will adjourn this case to ensure that the bailiff serves her personally so that we can be sure that we have exhausted all options.

“This is a very simple matter, it is a very simple divorce. This case is adjourned till Oct. 2 for hearing of pending applications,”Akinlade said.

During proceedings of May 23, Olujonwo’s counsel, Ms Omo Omofoma, also told the court that Olujonwo had made several attempts to serve Temitope to no avail.

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Justice Akinlade had noted during the proceedings that other means of service like an alternative address and courier service should be explored by the petitioner (Olujonwo).

Olujonwo and Temitope got married on May 11 and 13, 2017 in a grand wedding which attracted the ‘creme de la creme’ of the society. The marriage, however, came to a halt a few months later.

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Weeks leading to the May 2017 wedding, Olujonwo’s mother, Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo had filed a suit at an Ikeja High Court seeking the postponement of the wedding of her son to Temitope.

According to her, she had received various warnings and prophecies from men of God that her son should not be involved in any elaborate celebration before his 34th birthday which was June 1, 2017.

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Justice Lateefa Okunnu in a ruling on April 10, 2017 had dismissed the suit on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear it because Olujonwo, then 33, was an adult.

(NAN)

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Buhari sympathizes with Lebanon over massive explosions

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with President Michel Aoun and the people of Lebanon over massive explosions that rocked Beirut, the capital city on Tuesday.

The Newsmen reports that the explosions left 137 dead, over 5,000 wounded, and more than 300, 000 displaced.

The President, in a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina in Abuja on Thursday, also extended the sympathy of the government to the large community of Lebanese in Nigeria.

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The Nigerian leader prayed that God would rest the souls of the dead, comfort the grieving, and grant succor to the wounded and displaced.

He described the explosions, suspected to be caused by tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse, as “tragedy of monumental proportions”.

Buhari pledged the solidarity and brotherhood of Nigeria to Lebanon at this period of travails.

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NIPC boss considers Shoprite strategic investment in Nigeria 

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The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), says Shoprite, South African Retailer is a strategic investment playing vital role in connecting Nigerian produce and products to national and regional value chains.

NIPC Executive Secretary, Yewande Sadiku, disclosed this at a Webinar held by the NIPC management team with Journalists on Thursday in Abuja.

Sadiku noted that the announcement by the South African retail shop did not imply the closure of Shoprite stores in Nigeria, although the full details have not been provided.

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“But we understand that the structure of the planned transaction will give an opportunity for Nigerian investors to take up a controlling interest in the business entity.

Sadiku, further said that in Nigeria investments, retail distribution and related sectors were necessary for Nigeria to reach her investment ambition.

She explained that the retail value chain was useful for providing deeper market access for producers of local products and connecting Nigerian businesses to not only the national value chain but regional.

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“The retail market is a material driver for the growth of the Nigerian economy and accounts for 16 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

“From the work we do in NIPC, we know that Shoprite,  which operates 25 outlets in 11 states and FCT are responsible for direct and indirect employment of about 4,500 people whose vast majority are Nigerians,’’ she said.

She further said in reality, the work Shoprite offered provided market access to over 500 Nigerian farmers and small businesses helping many of them to get local produce to millions of Nigerian consumers.

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According to her,  the commission remains committed in the context of our mandate. We have intervened for Shoprite several times and over the last two years in engagement with other government agencies.

“I believe that government commitment in progressively improving the business environment for domestic and foreign investors will remain,’’ the executive secretary said.

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INEC introduces election result viewing portal

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has introduced a dedicated public election result viewing portal, known as “The INEC Result Viewing (IReV)”.
The commission said IRev would enable Nigerians to view polling unit results in real-time as voting ends on election day.
 
The commission announced this in a statement on Thursday,  issued by Mr. Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, after its meeting held in Abuja.
 
Okoye said that the commission at the meeting, approved the introduction of a new step to further strengthen its election management process and enhance transparency of the system.
He disclosed that the  innovation would begin from the Nasarawa Central State Constituency bye-election in Nasarawa State, holding on Saturday.
 
“To further strengthen the transparency in the election result management system, the commission has decided to introduce a dedicated public portal, IReV that will enable Nigerians to view polling unit results real time as the voting ends on election day.
“The commission wishes to emphasise that this does not constitute electronic collation of results.
“The collation of election results shall remain as provided for by law, a manual process of completion of relevant result sheets and their upwards collation until the final results are determined.
“This innovation will begin from the Nasarawa Central state constituency bye-election.
“Thereafter it will be extended to the Edo and Ondo State governorship elections as well as all subsequent elections.
“The commission hopes that this innovation will improve the transparency in election result management and therefore further consolidate public confidence in the electoral process,” he said.
Okoye said that the commission was aware that result management had remained a major source of mistrust in our electoral process.
“Citizens are often concerned, and sometimes rightly so, that results may not always be consistent with votes cast.
“INEC is determined to address any source of this concern through enhancing the level of transparency in the conduct of elections, more so in the process of releasing results of elections.
“It is a fundamental principle of democracy that in elections, votes are not only correctly counted, but that they also count,” he further said.
Okoye recalled that consistent with its commitment to transparency in election management, the commission introduced the Form EC60E, which was a poster version of the primary result sheet, the Form EC8A.
“This replica of the polling unit result is pasted at the polling units after votes are counted, recorded and announced.
“This poster, now widely known as the People’s Form EC8A, has increased transparency in result management.
“The form enables the citizens to photograph the results and project the outcome of elections, even before the final results are announced.
“Unfortunately, this has also led to abuses, as unofficial and at times false results are known to have been circulated, particularly via social media, causing tension and casting aspersions on the final outcome of elections,” he said.
He disclosed that for the Nasarawa Central state constituency election, the result sheet could  be accessed  by visiting https://inecelectionresults.com
“Click on Create New Account? Fill in your details in the form provided and click on Sign in and provide your State of origin and click on Continue”
“An account activation email is sent to the email address provided in the form.
” Check your email and correctly copy out the activation code which will be entered into the textbox provided on the portal.
” Then click on Activate. This logs you into the portal and you can select the Election which PU results in you are interested in viewing,” he explained.
Okoye, who said that people could use the filter buttons to make the search easier, urged the public to remember to log out of the portal after use.
“The commission appeals to the public to make judicious use of this facility and looks forward to continuing to work with stakeholders to improve the quality of electoral services in our country,” he said.
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