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Aregbesola, Famutimi, Others To Headline Maiden TheFLEA Summit Nov. 30



The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, will be headlining the inaugural The Freelanews Leadership and Entrepreneurship Awards (TheFLEA) conference billed to hold on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at the prestigious Radisson Blu Hotel in GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

Aregbesola, who was the immediate past governor of Osun State will present the keynote of the Leadership Series where he will be speaking on the event’s theme, “Inspiring the Future Through Quality Visioning and Influential Leadership.”

The keynote will lead up the National Periscope Discourse that will be ably handled by a distinguished panel, led by Chief Olabintan Famutimi, Chairman Tricontinental Group. Famutimi is an accomplished administrator, industrialist, and renowned bilateral trade promoter, who has made an indelible impact in the Nigerian business space and has dedicated a large part of his life to the advancement of entrepreneurship, commerce and socio-economic development of the country. He will be bringing his wealth of experience to enhance the discussion around the theme of the conference.

Other esteemed speakers who will join the first-panel discussion are Segun Showunmi, a Public Speaker/Politician; Olawale Olaleye, Deputy Editor, ThisDay Newspaper, and Tubosun Osifowora, Principal Partner of Osifowora & Co. The session will be moderated by the veteran filmmaker, Fidelis Duker.

During the second session, the conversation will steer a bit away from the subject of core leadership to that of innovation. The session, “Innovation-Driven Policy Making in the Digital Age” will feature a rich lineup of speakers like Prince Dapo Adelegan, former Ondo State Gubernatorial Candidate and Chairman of Celtron Group, Princess Kelechi Oghene, MD/CEO, GMYT Fashion Academy; Tolu Medebem, COO/Lead Consultant, Aster Marketing; and Efe Omoregbe, CEO, Buckwyld Media. This session will be moderated by Oluwanisola Afolabi, Legal Officer, Lagos State.

Speaking on the forthcoming event, Convener of TheFLEA Leadership Conference and publisher of Freelanews, Victor Ojelabi, explained that the initiative for the event is to focus the essence of leadership on the paradigm of long-term planning for sustainable development of the nation.

Adding that the event is planned to be an annual exclusive gathering of select public and private sector leaders who are providing such visionary leadership, both in discourse and practice.

“This year’s event is setting the tone for what will become a big platform of discourse for the advancement of leadership and development in Nigeria.

“And having the distinguished honourable minister, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, a veteran leader who has served across different leadership positions as the keynote for the maiden edition of this event is suitable for the times and theme of our event. Other distinguished speakers like Chief Famutimi will also bring indelible experience and contribute to the quality of discussion,” he said.

The event, which is two-fold, will feature an awards gala later in the evening to deserving Nigerians and brands.

“The awards night will be more of a story-telling night, presenting well-researched insights on the activities of the awardees with informed projections of their impacts on our society within the next decade. These individuals will receive a symbolic gift to remind them of what our collective futures hold because of what they do,” Ojelabi explained.


2023: Northern Will Never Vote For Peter Obi – Kwankwaso



Rabiu Kwankwaso, the former Kano governor and New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, said it would be difficult for any candidate, from the southeast region, such as Peter Obi to win votes from the north.

“Most of the things that are happening in the South, especially in the southeast; people are not comfortable with that and as long as you have somebody from there in any party, it will be very difficult for the northern voters to vote, and that’s the situation now,” Kwankwaso told Channels TV on Sunday.

He said this as he doubled down on his position not to be a running mate to Obi, but to be the main candidate.

Obi is from Nigeria’s South East, where the Indigenous People of Biafra, hold sway demanding the region’s secession.

Both Obi and Kwankwaso are in the race to become the next president in the February 2023 election.

While Kwankwaso said he could not play the second fiddle to Obi in a joint ticket, he still wants him to form an alliance with NNPP and serve as his running mate.

“The northern voters have made up their minds on what to do; certainly NNPP, nobody can change it,” he said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics where he was asked who the people of the North would vote for.

“Unfortunately, there are many issues in the South East, and a northern voter is the worst-hit in this issue of maladministration in this country,” he asserted.

“But even under that circumstance, a northern voter also believes that he is better with one united Nigeria.

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Inside Ogun: Three Cultists Arrested For Gang Raping 15-Yrs-Old Girl



Three cultists have been arrested in Ogun State for allegedly gang-raping a minor.

The suspects, Daniel Njoku, Damilare Ogundiran and Adebayo Olamilekan were said to be members of the Eiye confraternity.

It was gathered that the suspects were arrested after a report lodged at the Ajuwon divisional headquarters by the mother of the 15-year-old victim.

The mother had reported to the police she sent her daughter on an errand at Akute Odo area, “but she was waylaid on by Daniel Njoku, who forcefully took her to his gang where the young girl was gang-raped, beaten and forcefully initiated into their Eiye cult group,” Ogun police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said on Sunday.

According to Oyeyemi, the complainant explained further that the young men threatened to kill the victim if she informs anyone about the incident.

Upon the report, the DPO of the Ajuwon division, SP Andrew Akinseye, was reported to have detailed his men to go after the hoodlums, three of whom were apprehended.

“The suspects have confessed to the commission of the crime. They informed the police that they were desperately looking for more members to join their group especially female members, and that was what prompted them to do what they did,” Oyeyemi disclosed.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to the anti-cultists section of the State CIID.

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UFC: Israel Adesanya Reacts To Boos After Cannonier Win



Nigeria’s Israel Adesanya has admitted that Saturday wasn’t the best performance of his career so far.

At UFC 276, Adesanya (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) defeated Jared Cannonier (15-6 MMA, 8-6 UFC) by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) to successfully defend the promotion’s middleweight title for the fifth time.

Despite a largely dominant performance, the lack of action drew criticism from both booing fans in the arena and commenters online. Initially disappointed, Adesanya mentally framed the performance differently and was more comfortable with it shortly after the main event’s conclusion.

“(I feel) a lot better,” Adesanya told reporters including MMA Junkie. “I’ve said this before: On my worst day, I can kill the best man. I call that suicide, on my worst day. I had an off night tonight. (Coach) Eugene (Bareman) told me, ‘The people who know you, (your) teammates, (your) family, they know you had an off night.’ And still, I f*cked him up.”

It takes two to tango and Adesanya faulted and credited both himself and Cannonier for the lack of exchanges. Adesanya has long thought Cannonier is a top-tier fighter, a hypothesis proven in his eyes at UFC 276.

“I couldn’t find my power shots, my kicks,” Adesanya said. “The initiators – the jabs and leg kicks – were working, but I was trying to find the power shots. He was adjusting well. It wasn’t just me vs. him. … His adjustments to what I was doing, I’d go ahead, I got to his body, I got to his legs. I got to his legs and he’d adjust and get away from my power. I was able to get away from his, as well.”

As for the boos, Adesanya said he wasn’t fazed by them. He pointed out many all-time great combat sports athletes have been booed, jeered, insulted, and criticized by crowds over the spans of their careers. He’s no different.

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