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MKO Abiola’s children: Our lives in danger over our father’s properties

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A fresh crisis is brewing in the family of the late acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election and philanthropist, Bashorun MKO Abiola, as his children are currently at loggerheads over the control of the businesses of the late renowned entrepreneur.

One of the late MKO Abiola’s children, AbdulMumuni Abiola, yesterday called on his brothers Kola, Deji and Agboola, who were children of late Simbiat Abiola, to stop playing god with the properties of their late father. Abdulmumuni, the youngest child of late Kudirat Abiola, in a statement issued yesterday on behalf of his brothers and sisters totalling 40, also revealed that his life is in danger because of his efforts to revive the abandoned projects, investments and properties of his father.

It would be recalled that MKO Abiola, died in the custody of the Federal Government during General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s military regime on July 7, 1998. And his wife, Kudirat, considered a heroine of modern democracy, was allegedly killed by state-sponsored assassins on June 4, 1996. Abdulmumuni in his statement made available to Saturday Telegraph yesterday said he is not happy with the collapsed of some of his late father’s companies.

He said: “I want my brothers, Kola, Deji, and Agboola to stop playing god with our father’s properties and abandoned projects and investments. I, my brothers and sisters totalling 40 children of Abiola are not fighting with them. We don’t have a bone to pick with them. “But we need to step out of the past and of our father’s shadow. Kola, Deji and Agboola have been peddling lies in the media about my efforts to bring about changes to the dwindling fortunes of the Abiola family.

“I am ashamed just like my other brothers and sister to see that after MKO Abiola’s death, many of his legacies appear to be in shambles. No, it shouldn’t be like that. That is not what MKO Abiola stood for while he was alive. I want the good people of Nigeria to prevail on Kola and his cohorts to stop using the police to harass me or those who are working with me to restore the lost glory of the Abiola family.

“Let me cite an example: Recently, four men were allegedly arrested and arraigned before a magistrate’s court for breaking into MKO’s bookshop at Oshodi. They were accused of stealing equipment and other materials valued at N1 billion. That is a farce. Deliberately, Kola and Deji ensured that my name was not mentioned in the newspaper that carried the news report,” he stated. Speaking further he noted: “Every effort I have been making to renovate my father’s properties is not self-driven.

It is for all my siblings and for the name of Chief MKO Abiola not to be dragged through the mud. Why should some people be sending thugs and miscreants after me and those working with me to renovate MKO Abiola’s properties? “Why should that be? Do we have to wash our dirty linen in the public? Why should only a select few of Abiola’s children sit on our father’s properties? “I am not even asking them to give me and my other siblings a share of the money-spinning companies of my father that they sit on. Our humble request is that they should allow me and my other siblings who are interested in renovating Abiola’s derelict properties. They should allow us to revive MKO Abiola’s aban-doned projects. “I have been painstakingly patient for 18 years.

I have watched with long-suffering and regret how few of my siblings have arrogated to themselves what belong to all of us. MKO Abiola’s properties don’t belong to Kola, Deji and cohorts alone. They belong to all his children. We have been put through enough ignominy by Kola. Enough is enough.”

He, however, revealed that his life and that of his siblings could be in danger, stressing that: “I am also informing the public that my life is in danger. I don’t feel safe any longer. If anything untoward happens to me Nigerians should know who to hold responsible. If anything should happen to me or my siblings, Kola and his cohorts should be held responsible.

“I love life but I will not sit down cowardly. It is time all of Abiola’s children sat down and discuss how and what exactly we want to do with our father’s properties and investments. We really don’t want handouts from anybody. We’re MKO Abiola’s children.

We must uphold the integrity, fame and humanity of Chief MKO Abiola.” Saturday Telegraph’s effort to get Mr. Kola Abiola to respond were unsuccessful as repeated calls to his telephone went unanswered. A text message sent to his phone number was similarly not responded to.

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SIFAX buys N1bn trucks for haulage to improve cargo delivery

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The SIFAX Haulage and Logistics Limited, a subsidiary of SIFAX Group, has taken delivery of 20 new 420 horsepower European trucks for its haulage operations in Nigeria. The company said in Lagos that the new vehicles were acquired to complement the 55 trucks already in use.

The Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, Mr. John Jenkins explained that with the commissioning of the new trucks, the company now lives up to the standard it was known for worldwide. He added that the company’s business acumen was geared towards constantly meeting customer needs and adding value to all its businesses.

Jenkins stressed that the company was committed to constantly strengthening the logistics value chain of the maritime sector of which haulage is an important value. Also, its General Manager, Mr. Adewale Adetayo, during the inauguration of the vehicles explained that 10 of them were ‘6 by 4’ double axles, while the others 10 were triaxle flatbeds with 48 tonnage capacity.

He noted that the acquisition of the trucks was brought the company’s fleet size to 75. Adetayo stated that the company’s decision to expand its fleet was a statement of intent by SIFAX Group to deliver a better service to its clients and become an undisputed leader in the industry.

He said: “The acquisition of these new trucks is a clear demonstration of the unfettered commitment of the management of SIFAX Group to the strategic goal of repositioning the company for greater productivity.

“This commitment is part of the company-wide strategy of strengthening all the subsidiaries with the requisite capacity and capabilities to deliver on the corporate objective of delivering best value in all sectors we operate.” Adetayo stressed that the company’s haulage team were well prepared and equipped with various technical trainings to usher in the operations of these new trucks in addition to ones we have at hand.

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Osifeso lauds Awori Diocese on socio-economic development

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A fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS) and chairman of Macpotec Nigeria Limited, Dr. Segun Osifeso, has applauded Bishop of the Diocese of Awori (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. Johnson Akin-Atere, on the contributions of the Diocese to the socio-economic development of Ota in and Ogun State since its inauguration 10 years ago.

Osifeso, who made this remark during the dedication of the Diocesan multimillion naira office complex at Ota recently, also praised the Diocese for its leadership role in laying a solid foundation for the growth and expansion of Christianity in Aworiland and Nigeria in general.

He noted with delight the impact that the completion of the office complex, boasting a secretariat, 12- lock–up shops, Diocesan cemetry, women centre as well as ownership of acres of land and other landed properties across the town are having on the socio-economic standing of the area.

While showering encomiums on Rt. Revd. Atere for his leadership qualities, sense of vision and innovation in piloting the affairs of the Diocese, the NIS fellow reminded members of the important role Ota played in the growth of Christianity in Nigeria and advised that all hands must be on deck to ensure the Diocese remained a force to reckon with.

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Ambode’s wife presents quintuplets with cash gift, others

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Wife of the governor of, Mrs Bolanle Ambode, has volunteered a monthly allowance of N500, 000 for the next twelve months, for the care of quintuplets born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Augustine Obiefuna of Orile Iganmu, a suburb of the state.

This is contained in a statement from the Assistant Director, Public Affairs at the Office of the Wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Kadiri. Quintuplets are five babies born from one pregnancy.

Other welfare arrangements by Mrs Ambode for the newborns include the supply of diapers for one year and the supply of baby milk and other essentials for one year.

All these in addition to two bus-loads of baby essentials like beds, mattresses, diapers, boxes of clothes, socks, pants, caps, etc, that accompanied her on a visit to the infants at the Lagos Island Maternity.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode also gave an undisclosed sum of money, for the care of the babies; three boys and two girls, who weighed between 1.5kg and 2kg respectively.

Speaking at the maternity ward, the governor’s wife who was visibly elated and beemming with smiles, thanked God for the safe delivery of the infants and commended their mother, for regularly attending her ante-natal sessions in  the government hospital.

She urged expectant mothers in the state to shun quacks and self-medication, but to register early and diligently attend ante-natal clinics in government hospitals, for standard medical care.

According to her, ‘”You can all see why it is good to register in a government hospital where standard medical care is guaranteed. This woman registered early and regularly attended her ante-natal clinics. The result is that all five babies were safely delivered to the glory of God.”

She commended the entire medical team, especially the consultant, Dr. Ogungbemile Babalola, for their professional service, stressing that the government would always prioritize health care service for expectant mothers, to eradicate maternal and infant mortality in the state.

Mrs. Ambode who later inspected the maternity ward, promised further donations to the hospital, to strengthen maternal and infant service delivery in the hospital.

Father of the babies, Mr. Augustine Obiefuna, copiously thanked the governor and his wife, for their rare benevolence and generosity, which according to him transcended ethnic and tribal considerations.

He said, ‘We are surprised that despite being non indigenes of the state, the governor and his wife could show us so much love and kindness. They are just wonderful. We never imagined that Her Excellency could personally come here to see our new babies. We cannot stop praying for them and their children, for God’s favour, protection and wisdom at all times. Babies Obiefunas are the first set of quintuplets delivered in Lagos State this year.

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