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Access Bank sells the future at 2019 Disrupt Conference, empowers tech startup with $10,000

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Access Bank sells the future at 2019 Disrupt Conference, empowers tech startup with $10,000

Top financial institution, Access Bank Plc., in collaboration with the Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF), highlighted the importance of digital innovation and strategic partnerships among stakeholders in the financial sector, as the bank hosted industry experts and tech enthusiasts to the third edition of AFF Disrupt Conference on Thursday, 16 May, 2019 at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island.

Themed ‘Digital Goldrush: Building a Sustainable Tech Economy’, the conference showcased the growing value of data as the future currency of the new tech economy through loads of interactive, fun and engaging sessions, world-class speakers and a phenomenal array of exhibitors who are industry and thought leaders in the technology space.

Access Bank sells the future at 2019 Disrupt Conference, empowers tech startup with $10,000

Giving his opening speech, the Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc., Herbert Wigwe recognized the improvement in global financial processes by advancements in technology and assured that the Bank is keeping up with the trends.

“There was a time when payments could only be made through cheques, but with technology, transactions worth billions can be made in seconds. That is how much the world has changed. As a result, Access Bank has continued to innovate through the creation and adoption of modern banking tools and by leveraging on partnerships with FinTechs such as AFF to reinvent and modernize our banking processes,” he said.

Access Bank sells the future at 2019 Disrupt Conference, empowers tech startup with $10,000

A highlight of the conference was the demo pitch session which saw various innovators showcase their applications and new technology, explaining the solutions created to teeming participants. At the end of an intense session, Gricd, whose product, GRICD Frij is an affordable and portable cold chain device for efficient storage of vaccines, blood and other health/agricultural products won, earning a grant of $10,000.

In his keynote address, the Chief Executive Officer of Moven, United Kingdom, Brett King emphasized the importance of technology adoption to banking processes and also addressed the growing fear of robots replacing humans in the banking halls.

Access Bank sells the future at 2019 Disrupt Conference, empowers tech startup with $10,000

He explained that banking no longer depended on physical spaces, which has reduced the friction in banking processes and massively increased delivery.

“Technology is moving faster than ever before and in an environment with such rapid change, you either disrupt or get disrupted. Hence, if you are resistant to change as a banker in an evolving ecosystem like Nigeria’s, we need to start helping you look for a job outside banking,” he said.

At the conference, speakers and panelists identified women as key proponents to ensure the growth and success of financial technology in Nigeria, urging them to be more collaborative and assertive in seeking to disrupt the Nigerian digital space.

Access Bank sells the future at 2019 Disrupt Conference, empowers tech startup with $10,000

Emphasizing the point, the Chairman, Zinox Group Nigeria, Leo Stan Ekeh, during an interactive session with Access Bank’s Deputy Group Managing Director, Roosevelt Ogbonna said, “Women are the smartest money makers and disruptors. Investors are looking to invest in female entrepreneurs and techpreneurs working together. So it has become more imperative that women begin to take advantage of these opportunities and the collective power that they have”.

Access Bank sells the future at 2019 Disrupt Conference, empowers tech startup with $10,000

Other speakers at the event include Bunmi Akinyemiju, Chief Executive Officer, Venture Garden Group; Boye Ademola, Partner and Lead for Digital Transformation, KPMG, Nigeria; Phil Spencer, Executive Vice-President, Gaming, Microsoft, United States of America; Reginald Kawarusa, Executive Commisioner: Legal and Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commision; Sam Okojere, Director of Payments and Settlements, Central Bank of Nigeria; Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, MainOne; Segun Aina, President, Fintech Association of Nigeria, among others.

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DSS finally speaks up on continued detention of Omoyele Sowore

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The Department of State Service has finally spoken up on the continued detention of the convener of the #RevolutionNow protests, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the spokesman for the Service, Mr. Peter Afunanya, insisted that the appropriate persons have not come for his release.

He claimed that personnel of the service were being threatened and despite that, the DSS has continued to hold the rights of citizens in high standard.

The DSS spokesman explained that those who came for Sowore’s release were protesters and administrative procedures must be followed for him to be released.

He stressed that only the persons who stood as sureties for Sowore can secure his release from the DSS custody.

Sowore has remained in the custody of the Service, weeks after a Federal High Court in Abuja granted him bail along with his co-defendant, Mr. Olawale Bakare, with some conditions.

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Another tanker carrying kerosene has fallen in Onitsha

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Another tanker has fallen at Tarzan area, along Owerri/Onitsha expressway, in Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday.

The tanker was loaded with kerosene reports and it would be the tenth tanker to fall around Anambra State, within a space of two months.

In October, two tankers ladened with petroleum products fell in Onitsha, causing loss of lives, wares belonging to traders, houses and cars parked in automobile mechanic workshops.

Tuesday’s incident happened at about 10 am, which showed that the driver defied a previous order given by the state government which banned tankers from carrying petroleum products in the state at day.

The state police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident, saying that men from the command were on ground to forestall any outbreak of fire.

Governor Willie Obiano, while placing a ban on the movement of Petrol laden tankers a month ago had called on security agencies, including the police to strictly enforce the ban.

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Pastor arrested with coffin, female underwear in Enugu

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A self-acclaimed pastor, Sunday Egbo has been arrested by the Enugu State Police Command and paraded after a small coffin, multiple female pants and braziers were recovered from his house.

Samuel is the General Overseer and founder of Christ Mercy Ministry, Ajuonu, Obukpa, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The end came for the said pastor after he allegedly raped a female member who had come for prayers.

The development led to his arrest and subsequent recovery of the items.

He told journalists that he procured the coffin and other items from a native doctor in Kogi State, with the hope of making money and attracting favour.

While admitting to raping the female member, the pastor said, “I paid the native doctor N200,000, to get the coffin and the flute. He told me to do certain things, after which I will get a Ghana-Must-Go bag full of money in my room.

“But after two weeks, the money did not come as the native doctor told me.”

He left advice for other men of God.

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10 corpses get burnt in fire outbreak at OAU morgue

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It is double wahala for dead body as ten corpses were burnt in a fire outbreak that occurred at the morgue of the Anatomy Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State today November 19th.

The corpses were being used by the students of the department for their practicals were kept in the OAU morgue.

 

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for Osun Police Command, Folasade Odoro, said no life was lost in the incident.  She added that the cause of the fire is being investigated.

 

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62 year old man sentenced for drug trafficking in Lagos

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a 62-year-old man, Nurudeen Aremu, to nine years in jail for drug trafficking in cocaine.

Aremu was charged by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on three counts bordering on conspiracy and drug trafficking.

Aremu was first arraigned on March 7, and he pleaded not guilty. However, on Nov. 14, he opted to change his plea and was subsequently re-arraigned. On his re-arraignment, he admitted guilt.

On Nov. 15, the Prosecution counsel, Mrs Juliana Iroabuchi, tendered nine exhibits which were all admitted.

Justice Onyetenu found Aremu guilty of the offence and sentenced him to four years imprisonment on count one, three years’ imprisonment on count two and two years jail term on count three.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel said that Aremu committed the offences on Dec. 27, 2018.

She said that he was arrested at the Gate C, Departure Hall of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, during an outward clearance of passengers on board an Ethiopian Airline flight to India.

Iroabuchi said that Aremu concealed 2.66kg of cocaine in a brown travelling bag.

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“I am not owing workers”, Yahaya Bello claims after election victory

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Newly elected Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, rubbished claims that he was owing salaries, stressing that such were “lies.”

Bello said his administration met salary backlog owed workers in the state, but insisted that his administration was not owing workers.

The governor-elect, who said this while featuring on Channels Television, also alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stabbed a resident after he was declared the winner of Saturday’s election.

Bello also alleged that the wife of his deputy was also shot after he emerged winner of the election.

He said:

“All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were owning salaries starting from Audu to my immediate predecessor. Kogi state is not owning any dime at the state level, what is left is the ten percent from the previous government.

“As for El-Rufai kneeling, he was begging that Kogi people should forgive Bello for ensuring security and ensuring the state was peaceful and not because he could not pay salaries.”

 

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FUTA suspends 6 over viral assault video

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6 Students of the Federal University Of Technology Akure (FUTA), Ondo State who were involved in assaulting a fellow student have been indefinitely suspended.

The incident which was captured in a viral video showed the victim get beaten up and injured by her attackers in a private hostel.

Confirming the development, the Dean of Students’ Affairs of the University, Prof. Gbenga Onibi disclosed that since the video went viral, the authorities have been working to identify the attackers and achieved success through the cooperation of the students.

“It came as a shock and no one is happy about it, we saw the trending video and we were contacted; since then the university has been working to get all those involved.

“We were lucky enough while working on that and realised that the students were unease because they were not happy at the act. They tried to locate the assaulters; luckily we have been able to identify six of them, even the cameraman that shot the video.”

 

He added that the University has a zero-tolerance for such activities and the students have been immediately suspended.

 

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Court of Appeal upholds Taraba Governor’s election

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The Court of Appeal has affirmed Mr Darius Ishaku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as the duly elected Governor of Taraba state.

A five-man panel of the court that sat in Abuja led by Justice Chidi Uwa held that the current Taraba governor was duly elected.

The court held that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had no candidate in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in Taraba state, by virtue of the disqualification of Mr Abubakar Danladi, by a Federal High Court in Jalingo on the 6th of March 2019.

 

The Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on the 20th of September 2019, delivered a judgment that Mr Danladi was not qualified to contest the 2019 election.

The appellants failed to prove their claims that the election was marred by irregularities and failure to comply with the electoral act. It dismissed the appeal for lacking merit.

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Archbishop of Canterbury replies SERAP’s letter on Sowore

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Portal Welby has responded to an open letter by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) concerning the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare

SERAP had urged him to use his good offices and friendship with President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on him to obey court orders most recently involving activists who had remained in arbitrary detention despite a court order for their release.

This development was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare.

Responding on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury through an email last night, Dominic Goodall, the Chief Correspondence Officer at the Lambeth Palace, said:

Goodall’s email read in part:

“Thank you for taking the time to share your comments and concerns on this matter, which have been noted. Please be assured that I will communicate your concerns to the Archbishop and his staff team so that they are aware of your concerns. Thank you again for taking the time to write.

“We are very delighted that our letter and the concerns that it raises have caught the attention of the Archbishop. Given his public record for justice and human rights, we have absolutely no doubt that he will prevail on President Buhari to obey not just the court order for the release of Sowore and Bakare but all court orders.

“But it should never have reached this level, as the government ought to have obeyed court orders as a matter of routine”

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“Nigerians deserve Buhari”- Reno Omokri, speaks on Kogi Election

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Reno Omokri, a former aide to ex-president to Goodluck Jonathan claims Nigerian deserve the leadership of President Buhari. He also gave reasons why he has been silent on the outcome of the Kogi election.

Omokri took to Twitter on Monday to announce that his silence was as a result of the attitude of Nigerians towards him and the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode and Dino Melaye.

Describing Nigerians as being ungrateful, the former presidential spokesman further announced that henceforth he will stop criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and concentrate on evangelism.

According to him, Nigerians deserved the Buhari-led government.

Omokri on his Twitter page wrote

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