Metropolix Online Thu, 06 May 2021 09:08:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Metropolix Online 32 32 Redeemed General Overseer, Pastor Adeboye Loses Son Thu, 06 May 2021 08:56:13 +0000
-Pastor Dare Adeboye

Pastor Dare Adeboye,one of the biological sons of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, is dead. He was 42.

It was reported that Dare who pastors one of the Abuja branches of the church officiated on Sunday.

A reliable source just spoke with Metropolix Online that “Pastor Dare stooled all days thereby got weak and before he could got to the camp he was already in comma.
He was actually coming from Akwa Ibom.

His wife, Temiloluwa Adeboye, noticed her husband’s unusual sleeping hours and could not reach him on phone that she raised the alarm and he was discovered dead. The younger Adeboye was neither sick nor on medication when the tragic incident happened.”

When Dare marked his 42nd birthday in June last year (he would have been 43 in June 2021), Pastor Adeboye described him as his first miracle child. He wrote on his Facebook page then:

“Our first miracle child. We pray that God will keep his miraculous working power in your life and all those who needs a miracle today, will use you as a point of contact for their own in JESUS name. (Amen) love from Dad, Mom and the whole Adeboye dynasty.”

Confirming the sad development, one of the top shots in the RCCG family, according to TNG, said: “Shock. Disbelief. Tears. Thanksgiving. Praise. Total submission to the will of God. Pastor Dare’s death is painful, unexpected, but who dares question God?”

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DSS Ex-Director, Mike Ejiofor Gives Details Why Govt Can’t Arrest Gumi Now Thu, 06 May 2021 04:09:28 +0000
-Ahmad Gumi

Despite the agitations of some Nigerians especially the recent one by Femi Fani Kayode calling on Federal Government to arrest Islamic Cleric, Ahmad Gumi over his alleged secret ally with the bandits, former Director of the Department of State Service, Mike Ejiofor, on Wednesday revealed why the secret police have not arrested him.

Ejiofor in an interview with Punch said, “If you go and arrest him, you are going to provoke his supporters or the people he is working for and if you don’t arrest him, people will say why has he not been arrested as other people who acted, in the same manner, have been arrested? So, it becomes a very dicey situation that needs to be handled with care.”

He condemned the cleric for openly asking the federal government to pay the N100m ransom demanded by the kidnappers of Greenfield University, Kaduna.

Gumi while calling on the government to pay the ransom said, “The money they are asking for is too much; if I give you that money, you cannot run away with it. Nobody can run. So, why not give them the money, they release the boys and then we pursue them and get our money back and do what is necessary; it is simple logic. So, bring the money from the central bank. How can they move that money? We should not be stupid,” the cleric said.

Ejiofor while reacting to Gumi’s statement said, “I have never supported Gumi’s position because it is like he is now becoming an agent of the bandits but on the other hand, he cannot just come openly to tell the government to pay (ransom). Even if the government will use the backdoor to pay the ransom, it shouldn’t be made public.”

“My concern is that this person in custody, in kidnappers’ den, we should do everything possible to ensure that they come out. Except you are not involved, or you are not affected, you will say people should not pay.

“We have serious security challenges facing the security agencies. Our security agencies are ill-equipped to fight this. You will remember the American who was kidnapped in Niger and brought to Nigeria, how he was rescued through the use of technology. There is nothing wrong with our government using technology like drones to know exactly where these people are. Government should approach the issue of insecurity, especially kidnappings with technological driven operations,” the former ex-DSS director said.

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Every Sector Of Our Economy Needs The Power Sector- Elumelu Speaks Extensively On Problems Facing Nigeria Thu, 06 May 2021 03:48:04 +0000
-Tony Elumelu

Group Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Tony Elumelu has called on the Federal Government to prioritise power supply to support businesses and achieve sustainable economic development.

Speaking yesterday on the ARISE News TV on economy, African development and entrepreneurship, Elumelu said Nigeria needs about 100,000 Megawatts of electricity per day to power the economy.

He said: “Every sector of our economy needs the power sector and I think we need to prioritise it more. But I commend efforts going on and also by making sure we privatise the remaining ones. The transmission lines need to be fixed and we need to make sure we improve the payment system.”

He however expressed dismay that the country operates with less than 5,000 megawatts.

“For the power sector to work, it must work well. If we have to drive this economy, we need to increase generation, make sure we fix gas supply to generating companies and ensure the transmission lines are utilised to evacuate the power. We also need to make sure that power generated are taken by Discos and the end users and pay,” said.

According to him, power is still a critical sector requiring more investment by stakeholders to make sure that it works for sustainable economic growth.

Elumelu, who is also Chairman, Heirs Holdings, said Transcorp through Transcorp Power and Afam Power today in Nigeria own the highest generating capacity in Nigeria that can generate 2,000 MW of electricity a day.

“Unfortunately, we do less that 500MW at this point in time and a major constraint in this area is gas then there is the issue of transmission and there is issue of payment. For this to work well for us to generate more, we need to have gas and our group has invested in oil and gas. And so, for us as a Group, it is not necessarily for oil, it is because of gas because we want to be able to ensure that we have gas from our oil and gas production to convert to electricity,” he said.

According to Elumelu, said: “What some of us have advocated is that the Gencos, the Discos and the entire power stakeholders should come together and have a deal with the federal government to take over the transmission lines and it would be in our self-interest to make sure it works. We have the transmission lines that do not work so, when you are generating, there is no way you would evacuate your power. That sector is so critical and pivotal for the survival of power sector.

Responding to questions on if UBA is exposed to insider trading, he said: “The oil and gas acquisition we just made, UBA did not participate in the funding. It is a club of international and local lenders. The local receiving bank for our proceeds is Union Bank of Nigeria and the international receiving bank of our oil sales is Standard Chartered Bank, London.

“The transaction was funded by consortium of banks – Standard Chartered, ABSA in South Africa, Afrexim, Union Bank, Fidelity Bank in Nigeria and a host of other international banks. So, we are minded of all this and we are very prudent in making sure we do not put pressure on the bank”.

“We also put in equity investment and when we need to get investment, we try not to put pressure on the institution. What is important is that it is within the limit UBA should be exposed to a company and it is by the way performing very well. Our loans are performing very well, ”he added.

Elumelu said there was need to improve Nigeria’s productive base and diversify its foreign exchange earning sources. He called for continued improvement on the ease of doing business and creating the right environment would enable people, businesses and entrepreneurs succeed.

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How Gumi Allegedly Facilitated Release Of 27 Abducted Students Of Forestry College Thu, 06 May 2021 03:38:48 +0000
It has been confirmed that the twenty-seven students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, abducted by bandits have been released.

The source noted that the release of the student was facilitated by Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The twenty-seven students released are part of the thirty-seven students that were abducted two months ago.

After payment of ransom by parents and school management, the bandits only released 10 of the victims.

Their abductors had initially demanded an N500 million ransom from the Kaduna State Government but Governor Nasir El-Rufai ruled out the option of negotiation, saying bandits deserve to be killed.

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Oduduwa/Biafra: Minority Will Be Oppressed If Nigeria Breaks Up – Obasanjo Thu, 06 May 2021 03:30:27 +0000
-Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

The calls for Nigeria’s break-up by some groups in the country have been getting mixed reactions, while some believe that will be the best solution to the present Nigeria’s problem, others see it as the wrong decision so far to ever think of.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has kicked against this also. He stated this while speaking at his Penthouse residence, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, when he played host to members of Tiv professionals Group (TPG) led by Prof Zacharys Anger Gundu.

The former president asked that if Nigeria breaks up what would be the fate of minority ethnic groups in the nation.

According to Obasanjo, if the likes of Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa/Fulani ethnic groups stand alone, the minority groups may be oppressed as they would turn out to be smaller countries.

“If the Yorubas can stand as a country, if the Igbos can stand as a country, if the Hausas/Fulanis can stand as a country, if you major tribes decide to break up from the country, where do you want the minority ethnic groups to stand. That, many Nigerians don’t know about, unfortunately.

“If Nigeria breaks up and they are in a smaller country, they will be oppressed. They will always be exterminated. Are we thinking of that?” he asked.

Meanwhile, Obasanjo called on the government to develop a develop a means to deal with kidnappers and bandits as against ransom payment.

The elder statesman noted a long lasting solution to insecurity requires a “carrot and stick” approach.

“Some people are still reaching out, and hoping that lives can still be saved. But a situation whereby anybody thinks paying ransom is the way out, that person is folly. He is a folly. This is because when you pay ransom, you encourage. But if you are not going to pay ransom, you must have the means to deal heavily with it. You must have the stick to deal with it,” he said.

The former President also accused President Buhari of paying ransom to kidnappers even though the President Buhari had spoken against payment of ransom to bandits and kidnappers, he also warned governors not to negotiate with criminals.

“Government has always paid ransom. Not only this government, even during Jonathan (administration). They paid ransom, but they deny it,” he said.

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NANS Threatens To Shut Down Nigeria Over Students’ Abduction Wed, 05 May 2021 18:25:10 +0000

National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS Senate president, Comrade Chuks Okafor has threatened to shut down the country following the upsurge in insecurity and the constant kidnap of students.

Okafor made this known while addressing journalists in Awka said Nigerian students would no longer watch while their mates are abducted from schools.

Okafor lamented that no fewer than 100 students have either lost their lives or were abducted in recent times, worrying that nothing was being done by the government to put an end to the unfortunate situation.

“Nigeria, as we speak is at crossroads. We demand that our leaders irrespective of political leanings, come together and project solutions on how to solve the issue of insecurity or we won’t be left with any option but to shut down the country.

“Recent attacks have taken place in Greenfield University, Kaduna State, where over 40 students were kidnapped and about five of them killed, National College of Forestry where over 29 students were kidnapped and the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, to mention but a few.

“We, therefore, call on the government to commence immediate proactive and pragmatic actions in other to restore the confidence of students on campuses and salvage the insecurity situation in Nigeria.

“Nigeria is gently navigating into a ‘stateless’ society where people’s lives are constantly at risk and we believe that if concerted efforts are taken now, the country will come out of these challenges better,” he said.

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JUST IN: FG Concludes Arrangements To Deploy 5G Technology Wed, 05 May 2021 18:13:37 +0000

Much talked about Fifth Generation T(5G) Technology in the telecommunications industry will finally hit Nigeria as Federal Government has announced it is going ahead with arrangements for its deployment.

Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, announced this on Wednesday at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NCC and the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) at the headquarters of the Commission in Abuja.

The MoU between the two agencies under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy would lay the foundations for the acquisition of Frequency Spectrum suitable for the deployment of the technology in the country.

Danbatta said the NigComSat, it was discovered after investigation across the globe, had the appropriate technology to facilitate the deployment.

He, however, allayed fears and concerns on health and security implications over the deployment of 5G, asserting Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind.

The NCC boss added the resources and revenues to be earned from the deployment are so huge they cannot be ignored.

Danbatta said: “Amongst the Frequency Spectrum bands allocated to 5G by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU, the C-band (3.4GHz – 3.9GHz) stands out because its balancing point between coverage and capacity provides the perfect environment for 5G connectivity.

“The C-band is most suitable and appropriate for immediate deployment of 5G services taking into consideration availability of device ecosystem with 60-70% of global commercial 5G network deployment currently in the band, thus the importance of this Spectrum for early deployment of 5G services in Nigeria cannot be over emphasized.

“For optimal 5G service performance, an average of contiguous 100 MHz of spectrum in the C-band is required by an Operator. However, in Nigeria, only 120 MHz of the band (3.4 – 3.52) GHz is available for mobile services while the remaining 680 MHz (3.52 – 4.2) GHz of the band is used by NigComSat (NG-1R) satellites.

“The Commission initiated a negotiation with NIGCOMSAT whom in our estimate could make some adjustment to its satellite operation and release part of its Spectrum holding in the band to facilitate the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.

“The two agencies have been in discussions on how to relocate the operations of NG-1R to the standard C-band 300MHz (3.9GHz – 4.2GHz) potion of the band, which is more suitable in terms of Satellite service offering because the end-user terminal is cheaper there while leaving the non-standard C-band 400MHz (3.5GHz – 3.9GHz) portion of the band for 5G use.

“The cost of relocating the NG-1R is expected to be offset from the proceeds of the auction of the 5G Spectrum.”

Managing Director of NigComSat, Dr. Abimbola Alale, lauded the committees set by the two agencies for doing a thorough job in the larger interest of the country.

She said the MoU would change the narratives of the digital and telecommunications industry in the country.

Chairman of the NCC board, Prof Adeolu Akande the time has come for the country to key into adoption and deployment of 5G technology.

According to him, telecommunication evolution has led to improvement in user experience witnessed from 2G, 3G, and later 4G.

“In recent times, precisely from the last quarter of 2019, several administrations have begun to license Spectrum for commercial deployment of 5G.

”As we speak today, 5G services have already been deployed in United States of America, South Korea, United Kingdom, China, South Africa, Kenya and many more,” Akande said.

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Breaking: Supporters Troop Out In Enugu As Mbaka Returns Wed, 05 May 2021 15:26:24 +0000

As earlier reported by Metropolix Online the sudden disappearance of the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, supporters trooped out in hundreds rejoicing on Wednesday after he resurfaced, hours after his whereabouts had caused confusion in the state.

Mbaka returned in a vehicle a few minutes past 2 pm, with his supporters shouting ‘Father Mbaka, Oh! you are home!.”

The reverend father later came out of the vehicle to rejoice with his supporters.

Recall that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC raised an alarm on Wednesday, noting that the renowned Chrisitan cleric’s whereabouts can not be ascertained at the moment.

Earlier, the supporters struggled to confirm that Mbaka was in the vehicle as they take turns to catch a glimpse of him.

“He is the one. I saw Father Mbaka,” one of the supporters jubilated on sighting the cleric.

“He is back! Is it a crime to speak the truth? Nothing must happen to him,” another supporter said.

Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, the President-General of OYC who disclosed the development in the statement signed by him said: “We have it on good authority that his aides have neither seen nor heard from him since Tuesday.”

“Calls put to his mobile line have also remained unanswered; this has now prompted us to issue this alarm as we would not take it lightly should anything untoward happens to him,” Nnabuike claimed.

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It Is Goodbye Grobank, Hello Access Bank In South Africa Now Wed, 05 May 2021 15:00:27 +0000
L-R: Bennie Van Rooy, CEO Grobank South Africa; Herbert Wigwe, GMD/CEO, Access Bank PLC and Patrick Mathidi, Chairman, Board of Directors, Grobank South Africa during the signing ceremony and official handover of Grobank to Access Bank South Africa in Sandton, South Africa…recently

Following the completion of all regulatory procedures, Grobank Limited has been officially renamed Access Bank South Africa Limited. The deal was finalised after Access Bank’s acquisition of controlling shares in the former Grobank Limited, South Africa.

With this new development, Access Bank South Africa Limited is positioned to deliver a robust banking operation that connects key African markets.

At an official closing ceremony in Sandton on Monday, top executives of the two banks were upbeat about new opportunities for clients, noting that the Bank will continue to support all its stakeholders, while opening doors to growth opportunities both in the short and long term.

CEO of Grobank, Bennie van Rooy said, “This is an extremely exciting day for the South African banking industry. Our corporate customers will now have increased access to trade finance, treasury, international payments and loans through the wider distribution network offered by Access Bank’s presence in the key trade corridors that connect Africa to the rest of the world.

“Banking with Access Bank South Africa means greater security as well as access to more products and services through a best-in-class digital platform, and a full retail banking suite will soon be on offer.”

Herbert Wigwe, GMD/CEO of Access Bank Plc, said: “Today’s ceremony in South Africa seals our commitment to delivering our strategic aspirations of becoming Africa’s Gateway to the World, in line with our vision to be the World’s Most Respected African Bank.

“We look forward to the many opportunities our collective experience and deep understanding of the African market brings to our valued clients, and the journey ahead being one of great promise for our institution and the continent.”

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MBAKA: DSS Denies Picking Up Catholic Priest Wed, 05 May 2021 14:08:14 +0000
Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministries Enugu, Father Mbaka issue has generated a lot of controversies since he has been declared missing.

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied it arrested the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministries Enugu, Father Ejike Mbaka having been accused of picking up the priest.

Protests broke out in Enugu on Wednesday afternoon over the alleged ‘disappearance’ of Mbaka, who was said to have been last seen on Tuesday evening.

The development created tension in the coal-city with youths giving the Federal Government a 48-hour ultimatum to produce Mbaka.

Many of them alleged the fiery preacher, who recently called for the resignation or impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari over worsening insecurity, was either picked up by security operatives or gunmen.

But DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, told The Nation the cleric was not in its custody.

He said “This is not true. Fr Mbaka was not picked up by the DSS. Rev Fr Mbaka is not with the DSS. The DSS did not pick him up, please.”

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