Monday, August 18, 2008
Gunmen Kill Pedro’s Former Aide, Abayomi Ogundeji3 hours ago, 395 views Unidentified gunmen, yesterday, killed Abayomi Ogundeji, former media aide of Chief Olufemi Pedro, former deputy governor of Lagos State, and governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the state. The late Ogundeji was until his death, a part-time member of the editorial board of ThisDay newspaper gathered that he was shot dead around 10.30 p.m, around Dopemu (near Tower Aluminium), yesterday, by the gunmen. Sources told mr NIGERIA NEWS that the gunmen asked him to open his car door but he refused and was shot in the process. Ogundeji attended the University of Ibadan and was the PRO of the Students’ Union. He was a graduate of History. After his graduation, he worked with The African Guardian magazine. He wrote for the Arts & Life column of the magazine and later worked with The Week magazine after the proscription of The Guardian. He returned to The African Guardian after it was deproscribed, and was the chairman of the NUJ chapel. He was sacked by The Guardian because of his union activities in 1997. Immediately, he joined The Punch newspapers as Assistant Features Editor and columnist. Shortly after his promotion as Features Editor at The Punch, he left for a Commonwealth Fellowship in the U.K. When he returned he was employed to edit The Comet on Sunday. After a change of ownership of The Comet, he left the paper. He later worked for Olufemi Pedro as media aide, and while still working for Pedro, he joined the This Day editorial board on part-time basis. He was yet to draw his first salary at ThisDay before he was fatally shot yesterday. In an interview he granted Tessy Okoye of The Sun , he said that journalism was a profession that filled him with pride and that it was a great honour and privilege for him to be a journalist.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Osun State JFC After a lull in its activities, the Osun state Chapter of Journalists For Christ (JFC), the organization for Christian Journalists and allied professionals in Nigeria , has been resuscitated. To this end, JFC Osun state chapter, recently organized a Christian journalists meeting at the Osun state NUJ Secretariat, Oshogbo . In his opening charge to journalists at the meeting, Pastor Sam Segun-Progress, the Protem Coordinator of the state chapter, urged Christian journalist to be of good example as ambassadors of Christ. Quoting from 2 Corinthian 3, verse 2, he charged Christian journalists to present themselves as worthy ambassadors in their conduct to reflect what a genuine and true journalist should be. “In whatever we write, people should see us as journalists with a conscience, journalists with a social responsibility and journalists with a difference”, he emphasized. According to him, “if every Christian journalist showcase the light of Christ, we will positively influence the unbelievers”. In his own remarks, Mr.. Seun Adeoye, the NUJ chairman of the state, said that the challenge for him is to affect the lives of journalists for good, and that Journalists for Christ is one channel through which the lives of journalist could be positively affected. According to him, “We should get to a stage where our colleagues will not gather to be drinking beer, but to praise God”. Recalling a recent incidence when he was saved from a thunder storm attack on his person while in his office, he said he was saved from the attack by the grace and mercies of God. “The lightning came through to me and entered my body, and shook me, but miraculously did no harm to me. The impact of the thunder blew off the television set in the office and other gadgets, yet it came to me and did not harm me. At the end of the storm, I told my secretary to go and look out. The thunder storm had fell a tree in front of the office. It could have struck me dead, but, did no harm to me, by the grace of God!”, declared Adeoye to the journalists at the meeting. He however charged the Christian journalists present to do their best, not only in their profession, but also in the service of God, while they still have life. According to him, “beyond the tenure of being the Osun state NUJ chapter Chairman at present, I will always be a Journalist for Christ and seek to promote the Gospel” The meeting which featured prayer sessions for journalists and the journalism profession also served as a re-union for old members of the organization as well as a platform for new members to mingle with one another. Scheduled to hold fortnightly, the next meeting of the organization in Osun state was fixed for Thursday 22nd August 2008 by 5.00pm at the NUJ Secretariat, Oshogbo . Journalists for Christ (JFC) established in 1998, is an association of Christian journalists and allied professionals in Nigeria . The organization, which has Lekan Otufodunrin, Sunday Editor, Nation Newspaper, as National Coordinator, seeks to promote the gospel among journalists and other media practitioners and encourage Christian journalists to showcase exemplary Christian conduct in the various media organizations.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
man of the week HIGH PDP CHIEF OLABODE GEORGE
Former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (South), Chief Olabode George, was on friday arraigned at the Lagos High Court, Ikeja, for his alleged role in a N100bn contract scam in the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). George, who served as the NPA chairman between 2001 and 2003, was arraigned before Justice Olubunmi Oyewole of the Lagos High Court alongside Aminu Dabo, Captain Abidoye, Abdullahi Aminu Tafida, Zainab Maideribe and R.S. Anah on a 163-count charge. George was brought to the court by EFCC operatives at exactly 2.45 p.m. in an ash-coloured Peugeot Expert with registration number BM 760 FKJ. There was apprehension at the court as the case was yet to be assigned to any judge by the chief justice who is said to be on vacation. It was eventually heard by Justice Oyewole. The charges were read to the accused who was represented by Barrister Seyi Sowemimo, while Rotimi Jacobs led the EFCC legal team. Meanwhile, chieftains of the PDP and supporters of Bode George went to the court as early as 9a.m. Among the PDP chieftains present at the court were Femi Lanlehin, Wahab Owokoniran, Tunde Salau, Aina Tugbobo and Muyiwa Collins. George had boasted last week, upon his return from an overseas trip, that nobody could arrest him and that he was not wanted by any anti-corruption agency.
NIGERIAN NEWS authoritatively gathered that the new wife of the retired naval officer, Roli Adeniyi, gave birth in the first week of July and George travelled to the UK to see mother and child. Just before his arrival, a statement signed by PDP national youth leader, Mr. Muyiwa Collins, had said that George was not on the run but was rather enjoying his deserved vacation. Roli Adeniyi, a former member of Pastor Okotie's Household of God Church, found solace in the arms of Bode George after she reportedly split up with Pastor Okotie.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
KIA Donate confiscated item to orphanages. Ayodele Samuel Lagos Lagos state environmental law enforcement agency Kick Against Indiscipline KAI has donated impounded food items confiscated from Illegal Street trading to two catholic charitable homes in Lagos . His was reveal in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, the KAI Marshal General Rtd. Capatain Danjuma Maigeri said the donations were made inline with the philanthropic gesture of Lagos State Government with directive from the state commissioner for Health Dr.Muiz Banire that that confiscated perishable items should be sent to orphanages. Donating the items on behalf of the state government KAI spoke man MR Tunde Olusesi commended the management and staff of the homes for their humanitarian and welfare service to the less privileged in the society especially the motherless and destitute. He added that it is the wish of the to embark on such humanitarian gesture to attract God s blessings “it is our believe that these item will help in alleviating part of the nutritional problems of the inmates of your homes” he added. Receiving the items on behalf of the Ozanam Rehabilitation Home the Matron, sister Theresa expressed her gratitude to the state government for the great gestures towards the less privileged in the society. Also speaking Matron of Sister Theresa motherless home Ketu thanked the law enforcement agency KAI and prays for protection for them.