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Africa’s Best Bank: GTBank Dominates At Euromoney’s Awards For Excellence 2021



Africa’s leading financial services institution, Guaranty Trust, has been named Africa’s Best Bank 2021 by Euromoney, the premier information authority on global finance. Guaranty Trust Bank was also recognized as Nigeria’s Best Bank for a record 11th time.

“Not the biggest but the most profitable. That’s the strategy of Guaranty Trust Bank,” said Euromoney, following the announcement.” “With a return on average equity of 28.5% in 2020, [Guaranty Trust Bank] is clearly achieving among its banking competitors in its home country Nigeria and also across Africa,” the global financial publication added.

Euromoney’s Awards for Excellence recognizes financial institutions that demonstrate leadership, innovation, and momentum in the markets they operate. With the 2021 Excellence award, Guaranty Trust has now been named Africa’s Best bank twice in three years, reflecting its leading position as one of the best managed financial institutions on the continent. The Euromoney award is the latest recognition for Guaranty Trust, having recently retained its position as Africa’s most admired financial services brand in the 2021 ranking of The Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands.

Commenting on the award, Segun Agbaje, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust said, “Being recognized as Africa’s Best Bank and the Best Bank in Nigeria speaks to our commitment to delivering on our promise of creating new and innovative financial solutions that make life easier for our customers and generate the returns our shareholders expect.”

He further stated that “The biggest winners continue to be our customers and shareholders and our top priority will always be creating value for them. With our transition to a holding company structure, we will be extending our banking excellence to new growth areas wherein we can help our customers achieve the full breadth of their financial goals whilst realizing the full value inherent in our group.”

Prior to its corporate reorganization to Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has been at the forefront of delivering innovative banking products and services to customers and best-in-class Return-on-Equity to shareholders. It is widely regarded as the best managed financial institution in Nigeria and has, over the past decade, embarked on a period of unparalleled growth, growing its customer base from less than 3 million customers in 2011 to over 24million customers in 2020, and profit before tax from ₦45.5 billion at the end of the 2010 financial year to ₦238.1billion at the end of the 2020 financial year.


Couple Arrested For Killing, Secretly Burying ‘Stubborn’ 28-Year-Old Son



Imo State Police Command has arrested a couple for allegedly killing and secretly burying their 28- year- old son in a shallow grave for being stubborn.

The couple, Lambert Ukachukwu, his wife and daughter, who are from Duruegwele in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, are in the police net for allegedly conniving to murder their last child identified simply as Chukwuebuka .

The 28-year-old boy was said to have been killed on Saturday, September 7, 2021, for being stubborn and giving his family sleepless nights.

It was learnt that the late Chukwuebuka was reportedly hit on the head with a sharp object and was left to bleed to death after which he was buried in a shallow grave close to his parent’s residence.

It was learnt that both suspects were apprehended by the youths of the community who were suspicious of the whereabouts of the deceased.

“When we confronted the father he told us that the boy has travelled to Ghana but when we pressed further threatening to burn down the house, the daughter confessed to the crime,” one of the youths said.

Contacted, the Police spokesman in the state, CSP Michael Abattam on Friday confirmed the incident to the Nation Correspondent in Owerri.

He said: “Yes it is true. I will send the details across to you later.”

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Hosting FFK At Aso Villa Evidence Of Buhari’s Capacity To Forgive —- Femi Adesina



Special Adviser to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has explained why his principal hosted an unsparing critic of the regime and former minister Femi Fani-Kayode in Aso Villa following his defection to the ruling All Progress Congress.

Adesina wrote:

Not a small ruckus has been caused by the defection of former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode (FFK), from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) last week.

An icing on the cake, or the salt added to injury (depending on which side you are), was his reception at the Presidential Villa by Muhammadu Buhari, father of the nation. The development has been rocking the polity for many days.

FFK is by no means a miscellaneous personality, and whatever he does, or does not do, attracts loads of attention.
He was a founding member of the APC before he ported back to the PDP. And he did not leave quietly. He ruffled feathers and stirred up the mud. He became a rabid hater of his former party and its members.

Between last week and now, vitriol poured by FFK on anybody with the slightest affinity to APC has been dug up serially. He has said things straight from the gutters, things that the natural man would call unforgivable and unpardonable. Against President Buhari, the first family, Yusuf Buhari whom he wished had died when the latter had an almost fatal bike accident, APC as a party, the government, leaders of the party, groups and individuals. Even this writer has suffered horrid descriptions from FFK in many write-ups.

Yes, he even said he would rather die than return to APC, but last week, he returned—well and alive.
Naturally, a lot of loyal APC members are hopping mad that FFK was readmitted into the party. And not only that, he got back at the highest level. Not at his ward in Ile-Ife, Osun State, but the triumphal entry was at the Presidential Villa, with President Buhari himself as the host.

I understand the umbrage taken against the development by teeming APC supporters. It’s the natural thing to do. But then, having vented spleen, raised dust, and almost brought down the roof, the next thing is to isolate the issues dispassionately.

With the bile displayed towards President Buhari and his family over the years, how did the man find the grace to have received FFK? How was he convinced? Who did the convincing? What were the extenuating factors? How? When? Why?

By agreeing to the readmission of FFK to APC as the leader of the party, and hosting him at the Villa, President Buhari displayed an amazing capacity to forgive, to show mercy, and let bygones be bygones. How many of us can do that? Not many.

Remember William Shakespeare in Merchant of Venice:

“The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blessed him that gives and him that takes…
It is an attribute of God Himself.”

That was what Buhari did to FFK. He showed him mercy, dropping like the gentle rain from heaven, when he could have otherwise spat into the sky, collecting the spittle with his own face. Was that not what I and you would have done? Confess. We would have told FFK to go to hell and stay there. But Buhari didn’t. He displayed an attribute of God: forgiveness.

One of the lies that had been serially told against the President was his alleged unforgiving spirit, a falsehood sold to Nigerians by anti-Buhari forces since the days of military rule. The lie traveled for so long, till it was eventually overtaken by the truth in one day. Nigerians saw through the facade and elected Buhari as President in 2015. Re-elected him with a wider margin in 2019.

I have worked with the President for over six years. And I have seen amazing things in terms of accommodation and capacity to forgive. I have visited him at home many times in the evenings, only to find at the dinner table with him people who had been abusing his forefathers on television earlier in the day. This President has the capacity to forgive, and forget. And make peace. That was what he displayed in the case of FFK. Nothing short of divine attribute, which me and you should covet and seek to approximate.

True, the brother of the prodigal son in the Good Book was unhappy, after his sibling had engaged in riotous living, squandered his inheritance, and came back home in penury. And the father received him with glee, and slaughtered the fatted calf in celebration.

The brother was indignant. He accused the father of bad faith, saying he had remained faithful and loyal, and not once did the father give him a goat to kill, and make merry with his friends.

That is the case of the APC members who have been unhappy at the reception given FFK. He did not deserve it, they claim. True. But how many things don’t we deserve, but which eventually come our way? That is the inscrutable nature of God, and we should not begrudge ourselves, or anybody else. How many things have come your way, which you really don’t deserve? But God gave those things to you, nevertheless. Same with FFK.

I think those screaming blue murder and lamenting the injustice and unfairness of it all should hold their peace. They have made their points and should let things be. Enough! FFK is back, let sleeping dogs lie. He may stay this time around, as he claims to have had a Damascus road experience, which turned Saul to Paul.

Many times, FFK has used unprintable words against me. He has deployed phrases from the nether region against me. But after writing those things, and we met in public places, he would embrace me, calling me his “friend and brother.” I agree, we are brothers, though I should hold giant-sized grudges against him. President Buhari has shown us the way. To err is human, to forgive, divine.

And come to think of it. Is it pleasant to swallow one’s vomit? Nah. But that was what FFK did. All those foul words against the President, the APC, the government, many people in government. He has swallowed them. Delicious? By no means. Pueh! You would feel like retching. So, let’s salute the courage of his conviction. It is rare, and not many people would do it.

I welcome FFK back to APC. And I pray it is for an enduring time. I thank President Buhari for showing an astounding large heart. That’s how to be a father. He has confounded all those who peddle lies about him, and the balderdash about not forgiving.

The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven. It has dropped upon FFK. May it always drop on us, for “it blesses him that gives, and him that takes.” Amen, somebody!

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Drama As Fani-Kayode’s Estranged Wife ‘Snow White’ Sues Him, IGP For N800m



Precious Chikwendu, a.k.a Snow White, estranged wife of ex-minister Femi Fani-Kayode, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking the enforcement of her fundamental human rights.

The plaintiff in the suit filed against Fani-Kayode, Inspector-General of Police, his officers, and men (joined as defendants), is claiming the sum of N800m as damages.

Other respondents were the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force CID, Commissioner of Police, FCT, CSP James Idachaba (OC Legal CID), FCT Command.

The plaintiff said she was demanding the said amount because of the role of the respondents in intimidating and harassing her during the pendency of her custody suit.

Specifically, Chikwendu, in the suit filed by her lawyer, Abdul-Aziz Jimoh, asked the court to restrain the IGP, his officers, and men from intimidating and harassing her in any form, pending the hearing and determination of her suit seeking the custody of the four children she had with Fani-Kayode.

The applicant is also asking an order enforcing her fundamental human rights as she was apprehensive of an imminent violation of such rights in the actualization of alleged threats to her life by Fani-Kayode and in the face of the nonchalant and refusal of the first, second and third respondents (IGP, DIG Force CID, and CP FCT) to investigate her genuine petitions of threat to life against the fifth respondent (Fani-Kayode).

Chikwendu sought a declaration that she was not bound to honor the invitation of the first to fourth respondents in relation to a purported conspiracy and forgery of court records during the pendency of suit no CV/372/2021 between her and the fifth respondent.

In an affidavit in support of the application deposed to by Chikwendu, she averred that “I was in a most tempestuous and violent relationship with the fifth respondent (Fani-Kayode), a qualified legal practitioner, a politician and a former minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The fifth respondent and I have four children together and I am forcefully separated from our children, who are all minors.

“Consequent upon the unbridled violence perpetrated against me by the fifth respondent and the forceful separation from our children, I filed a suit in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with Suit No CV/372/2021.

“Rather than allow the contending matters placed before the FCT High Court to be determined by the honorable court, the fifth respondent has persisted in using the Police officers under the control of the first respondent (IGP) and supervised by the second respondent (Commissioner of Police FCT) incessantly to intimidate and harass me with a view to interfering in the adjudicatory powers of a competent court of justice.”

Chikwendu said she had also petitioned the Commissioner of Police, FCT, the third respondent, alleging threats to her life by the fifth respondent and that the Police Commissioner had refused to act on her petition, thus prompting her to go to court to enforce her fundamental human rights.

No date has been fixed for mentioning of the matter.

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