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Protesters Storm APC Secretariat, Demand Women Leader’s Resignation Over Alleged Corrupt Practices

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Hundreds of women demonstrated on Friday outside the All Progressives Congress offices in Abuja, calling on Dr. Mary Alile-Idele, the National Women Leader, to step down.

During a visit to the party secretariat, Alile-Idele was charged with carelessness, pursuing personal interests, and allegedly diverting some of the 24,000 wrappers presented by Oluremi Tinubu, the First Lady, and her group.

Singing songs of unity and flying many banners that said, “Enough is Enough!” The offended women pleaded with the First Lady and National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, to remove Mary Alile for persistently undermining female party members, chanting, “Mary Alile Resign Now” and “APC Women Leader Must Go.”

Alile-Idele became the substantive national women leader after her predecessor, Dr. Betta Edu, was appointed Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (now suspended) by President Bola Tinubu.

The agitation for her removal comes barely two weeks ago when the First Lady, who was represented by Hajia Nana, the wife of Vice President Kashim Shettima, presented bales of wrappers to Alile and her state women leaders following their outcry the previous week that they had been abandoned by the president despite their contribution to his election victory.

After the donation, Ganduje warned that the women leaders should distribute the fabrics judiciously.

But the protesters led by the Coordinator of ‘Concerned APC Women’, Rebecca Sheneni, told journalists on Friday that it was as if the APC national chairman had a premonition of what would happen, alleging that only 9,000 of the 24,000 fabrics were shared.

The North Central APC member also alleged that rather than pursue a common cause for their benefit, the national women leader has been junketing all over the country promoting the agenda of a pet project in her non-governmental organisation.

She said, “We, the Concerned APC Women Group, an umbrella body for all female members of the governing APC, deem it necessary and imperative to demand the immediate resignation of Mrs Mary Alile-Idele, the National Women Leader of our party.

“We are concerned that since assuming office, Mrs Mary Alile-Idele has displayed incompetence in her role. She appears to be more focused on promoting her Non-Governmental Organisation rather than the party. This is evident in her recent travels to various states to inaugurate her NGO’s executives, instead of promoting the agenda and manifesto of our party to Nigerian women.

“Furthermore, Her Excellency the First Lady provided her with over 24,000 wrappers to distribute to Women leaders and party members, but she only distributed less than 9,000. Where are the rest? We wonder how a UK-based person with no political experience and no record of membership in our party could be considered for this exalted position.

“She prioritises her personal interests over those of the APC, leading to the nomination of her husband for appointment as a member of the University of Port Harcourt Governing Council and various party assignments.

“Considering her numerous misdeeds and misconduct, we call for her immediate removal from the position of the APC. She has demonstrated a high level of incompetence and we have had enough.”

Efforts to get the APC national women leader to react to the allegations proved abortive.

As of the time of filing this story, she has not picked up calls or responded to the SMS and WhatsApp messages sent for clarification.

However, the women leader for Imo State, Mrs Patricia Okuebor-Benson, rose to her defence, saying the allegations were not true.

According to her, virtually all their members across the various states have received their fabrics.

She said, “I am just hearing of this now because nobody told me before. As I speak, the 36 state women leaders and the FCT are in Abuja having a meeting and nobody has accused anybody of anything.

“We don’t know where these women are getting their stories from. I believe every state has received its fabrics. I really don’t know what they are talking about. I think somebody is sponsoring them.

When contacted, a former lawmaker and women leader in Lagos, Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, declined comment, saying she wasn’t aware of the development and couldn’t speak for any of her principals.

“As you can see, I am not in Abuja. I am in Lagos because there is a very important programme that I have to attend. So there is nothing I can say about it,” she pleaded.

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St. Ives Hospital Opens Ultra-Modern FESTAC Branch [PHOTOS]

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One of Nigeria’s fastest growing hospital groups and renowned fertility experts, St. Ives hospital has opened a new, ultra-modern branch at FESTAC, Lagos. The new hospital branch was declared open on Sunday, July 1, 2024 by the Group Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Babatunde Okewale. Also in attendant at the event were members of the hospital’s advisory board which included Mr. Adesegun Ajibola, SAN, Mrs. Bisi Adeyemi and Mr. Gbenga Badejo and medical directors and staff from its other branches.

The newly opened branch at FESTAC brings the number of the hospital to 5, with the other locations being Ikoyi, Ikeja, Akowonjo and Abeokuta. Facilities at the 45-bed hospital includes a children’s play area, which has become one of the signatures of all its branches, family convenience room, nursing stations, delivery suite, pharmacy, neonatal unit, theatre, X-Ray room, radio diagnostic, fertility unit, IVF/ ART unit, andrology laboratory, IVF theatre, and an emergency/ observation room.

In her welcome address at the event, the hospital’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs. Kiki Okewale disclosed that the hospital’s mission has always been to offer dedicated consultant-led, technology-driven healthcare services to women, children, family and fertility in a friendly environment. In her words, ‘over the years, we have built a reputation for being a trusted healthcare provider, and our new FESTAC branch is a testament to our commitment to expanding our reach and enhancing the quality of care we provide’.

Reputed as one of the hospitals championing reversal of medical tourism in Nigeria, due to the outstanding success rate in IVF, St. Ives with the new, state of the art, ultra-modern branch at FESTAC will further push the frontier of the medical profession through the use of advanced technology, in delivering qualitative healthcare services to their patients. St. Ives hospital adopts a success oriented-approach towards fertility, which has seen it become the go to hospital for families facing the challenges of conception.

St. Ives Hospital is a multi-specialist hospital that began operation in 1996. The hospital offers dedicated specialist services in all matters of women, children and family/fertility healthcare. The hospital is well managed by a dedicated team of specialists and consultants with years of experience in the medical profession. They provide a wide range of specialist services in OBGYN, Pediatrics, medicine and surgery.

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MOHBAD: Late Singer’s Family Conducts Fresh Autopsy

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The family of late singer Mohbad (born Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba) has ordered a second toxicology test to uncover the truth behind his mysterious death on September 12.

Following his burial the next day, Mohbad’s body was exhumed on September 21 for an autopsy, which was conducted on the same day.

However, in May, it was revealed that the pathologist conducting the autopsy informed the coroner that Mohbad’s body had decomposed by the time the test was performed, potentially compromising the results.

The new toxicology test aims to provide clarity on the circumstances surrounding his death.

The pathologist also said the cause of the singer’s death could not be ascertained.

Mohbad’s autopsy result from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) showed that “no significant gross finding” could be attributed to the singer’s death.

The toxicology “revealed the positive finding of Diphenhydramine, an anti-histamine; however, this concentration was not in a fatal or lethal range”.

Last month, the Aloba family rejected the autopsy result while also demanding an independent post-mortem and toxicology test.

In a statement on Tuesday, Monisola Odumosu, a member of Aloba’s legal team, said a two-part autopsy is being conducted on Mohbad.

She disclosed that the first phase had been carried out last week while the second part involved “a toxicology and histology test”.

The lawyer added that the procedure was witnessed by Joseph Aloba, Mohbad’s father, and a pathologist representing Wunmi, the late singer’s wife.

“The second autopsy as requested by the Aloba family and ordered by the Magistrate of the Coroner Court, Ms. T.A. Shotobi, was conducted on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, 2024. This autopsy is a two-part exercise, with the first part now completed,” the statement reads in part.

“If the cause of death cannot be determined from this initial examination, the second part will proceed, involving a toxicology and histology test on the necessary samples already obtained.

“This comprehensive procedure, conducted last Friday, was witnessed only by Mr. Joseph Aloba, the forensic pathologist appointed by Mr. Joseph Aloba and his team, legal representatives of both Mr. Joseph Aloba and  a pathologist appointed by Wunmi Aloba to observe the procedure.”

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Nigeria’s Foreign Reserves Now $37bn, Up By $2bn In 18 Days — CBN Governor Cardoso

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The country’s foreign exchange reserves have surged to $37.05 billion as of July 18 according to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

CBN Governor Yemi Cardoso announced this development during a press briefing on Tuesday, following the 296th Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting in Abuja.

The reserves experienced a significant boost, rising by $2.35 billion from $34.70 billion at the end of June to $37.05 billion in just 18 days.

“As of July 18, 2024, external reserves stood at US$37.05 billion, compared with US$34.70 billion as of June 2024. This represents 11 months of import cover for goods and services,” Cardoso said.

However, according to data published by CBN and seen by TheCable, Nigeria’s foreign reserves stood between $35.93 billion as of July 18, and $36.23 billion as of July 22, less than what Cardoso presented.

On July 18, CBN approved the sale of foreign exchange (FX) to eligible bureau de change (BDC) operators at N1,450 per dollar to meet the demand for invisible transactions.

Days after, CBN said foreign currencies worth $106.5 million were sold to authorised dealers.

CBN said the aim is to improve supply in the FX market in tandem with its price stability mandate.

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