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Popular activist, Dr. Sandra Duru has written a petition to the Inspector General of Police monitoring Unit, requesting that IGP should reinvestigate the case between Amen Estate boss, Ms Sade Balogun, Harmony Garden and Estate Development Limited, Hon. Saheed Mosadoluwa aka Mr Ibile and one Adeyinka Igbinoba.


Dr Duru emphasized on the reasons she is asking for a fresh investigation because she believed that the result of the previous findings by the IGP monitoring unit was faulty and maliciously damaging to the innocent brand and image of Ms Sade Balogun.




Following a recent report allegedly submitted by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit in the case between Yinka Igbinoba vs. Saheed Mosadoluwa Ibile and Madam Sade Balogun, we hereby seek to contest the reported findings and final recommendations of the report, as it is biased, unprofessional, misleading, and maliciously damaging to the innocent brand and image of our sister, friend, citizen, and close associate, Madam Sade Balogun.


A press release was also issued to this effect by the FPPRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on September 7, 2022, with Ref No. CZ.5300/FPRD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.4/173, and we feel obliged to respond publicly, seeing that it was posted on the NPF official Twitter account and his other social media platforms too.


The Press release was maliciously titled: “AMEN ESTATE CASE: POLICE DID PERFECT INVESTIGATIONS, JUSTICE – FPRO” with a rider that says: “Suspects only Crying Foul for Undue Sympathy, As Lagos Government Sets to Prosecute Culprits, Ibile.”


CSP Muyiwa Adejobi claims that the “police did perfect investigations” on this case in contention and alleges that the “suspects are crying foul for undue sympathy.”


However, both claims are as far from the truth as the heavens are as far from the earth, and we have irrefutable pieces of evidence, materials, and facts to prove this!


It may interest the public to know that in a recent phone conversation with CSP Adejobi on this same case in question, he openly admitted his shock, surprise, and ignorance about some very key and damning facts about this same case he claims was “perfectly-investigated,” yet some of the few facts we will point out below were alien to him. This is quite bizarre, isn’t it?


According to CSP Adejobi, the police’s “detailed investigation into the petition has successfully addressed the three (3) salient issues” about this case, and he presented those issues in his press release.


Due to some libelous and defaming claims made in this release and the police report, we have decided to painstakingly go through it, so that we can present the truth to the public.


And, having been privy to the situation before and several vital facts, that the investigators look to have shockingly omitted, missed, or deliberately ignored, here are our well-detailed observations and findings in two parts, and petition below:




(1) Complainant claims that her sisters wanted to purchase a piece of land from Saheed Ibile’s company, and “upon request, a copy of the title document being the C-Of-O was given to them for verification.” This claim is not only fallacious but ludicrous at the same time.


No sane business person would issue you a receipt for a good or release their goods on sale to you without you making payment or at least a deposit for the said goods. A land title deed can never be given to a “prospective customer” for any reason, unless money has exchanged hands, either as a deposit for the land, part payment, or what-have-you.


The claim that they were given that document, then later pressured to pay N30 million by the agent, is a bogus lie because that money was initially paid as a deposit to secure the said land before any document was released to them.


These trade facts are easily verifiable, and if a thorough investigation was indeed done, this claim should have been flagged.


(2) The complainant’a account of what transpired at Ibile’s office on the night her ankle was allegedly broken, by the former is terribly over-sensationalized, atrocious, and filled with several logical and even biological impossibilities!


Her “attempted murder” claims come from the events at this location, and if it is thoroughly investigated, these loopholes can be easily identified and queried.


(a) She claimed Ibile had “organized thugs in readiness to ambush them” yet further stated that it was just Ibile, the agent, and two other persons present during the meeting.


Also, she later stated that after Ibile allegedly broke her ankle and she raised the alarm, her driver, who was waiting in their vehicle parked outside, heard and rushed in to rescue her from the “organized thugs ready to ambush and kill her”, and none of them could stop him from carrying her out of the scene as she claims. What sort of fantasy superhero movie does this woman think she’s narrating?


It might also interest you to know that, while she claims her driver, who was outside the compound, heard her cry for help and rushed in to rescue her, she also says that her mother and siblings, who were inside the office, there neither heard her cry or even know that Ibile had done anything to her there in the corridor. All these statements were made on a public Twitter Space, are duly recorded, and are readily available on demand if the need arises.


(b) She claimed to have been attacked with a “carved wooden stick” that was used to break and bloody her ankle. Upon filing a report with the police and a formal investigation being opened, has any forensic evidence been found that clearly establishes that there indeed was a carved wooden stick where she claims, and that it was undoubtedly used as a weapon to attack and maim her physically?


(3) Complainant also claims that Madam Sade came to see her at the hospital, and “threatened her to withdraw the case against Ibile, else she won’t get her balance” and also “allegedly threatened her life, by restricting her and her family from entering their residence at Amen Estate.”


These claims, are not only malicious but cruelly sponsored ones too. The verifiable truth is that,she was the one who reached out to Madam Sade to intervene and mediate on the matter with Ibile, and that was all the poor woman was trying to do.


Regarding her “Amen Estate residence” claims, there was irrefutable evidence submitted and even published in the media, that clearly stated and proved that Igbinoba was never denied access to her “house in Amen Estate,” as she claimed.


On the contrary, she doesn’t even own a “house” there, as her alleged property is a piece of land with an uncompleted structure. There are documents, pictures, and even video recordings to prove this if anyone wants to contest its veracity. She doesnt live in Amen Estate.


All that transpired on the day she alleges she was denied access to the estate was clearly explained, verified, and never disputed or challenged after it was published in the media, with relevant documents as proof attached, even by Igbinoba herself.


Why is there now a recommendation for Madam Sade Balogun to be charged to court, on the count of “conduct likely to cause a breach of peace”, even after seeing and having all these facts?


Why is she being roped by the investigation team, into an attempted murder charge that is utterly baseless, unfounded, and maliciously constructed against her, to tarnish her image and reputation and destroy her brand?





(1) In an inexplicable show of alarming incompetence and disregard for the legal security of the body he supposedly communicates and publicly relates for, CSP Adejobi maliciously began the title of his press release against Madam Sade: “AMEN ESTATE CASE,” and this is the height of it. Still, it also reveals some very questionable motives.


Even a baby in Communications knows that, there is a massive difference between an individual and a legally established and registered organization, as they are both separate legal entities before the law.


Please, why in God’s Holy name would a FEDERAL POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER and supposed “Communications EXPERT” make such a ludicrous, unprofessional, and damaging error that has now made both him and his employers, (the Nigeria Police Force) liable to a lawsuit?


Was this a mistake or a calculated attempt to damage and de-market the Amen Estates brand? Madam Sade’s ex-husband BOG has always been doing this since she opted to divorce him, and he has been recorded bragging severally about his “great influence over the Nigeria Police” and even his relationship with CSP Adejobi. So, we ask again: Was that press release headline truly a mistake or something more sinister?


Besides, what has Yinka and Ibile’s civil matter of land buying in a completely different location got to do with Amen Estate? How does this add up to anyone, please?!


(2) The complainant, in her complaint, alleges that Ibile attempted to murder her at his office, but she was lucky to have escaped with only a broken ankle. She claimed that a “carved wooden stick” was taken from the reception and allegedly used to break her ankle when he missed his initial target, which was her head. She also claimed to have been recording the breaking of her leg and has everything recorded, and up till now she hasn’t provided the video. Police, where is the video and why didnt you mark it as an exhibit?


However, in the report’s submission, after listing out the alleged crimes committed, with the name of the complainant and suspects, the report clearly indicates that “no exhibit” exists, in this matter to back up the grievous allegations against the suspects.


The questions now are: Was there ever a “thorough” investigation? If there was, how in God’s holy name is the alleged “carved wooden stick” not admitted as an exhibit in the case, seeing that it was the alleged weapon Ibile wanted to “murder” the plaintiff with?


What did he want to murder her with then, if there is no single exhibit or shred of concrete evidence to that effect, and why is this report recommending such a severe charge that is obviously an exaggerated and sensationalized report against him and Madam Sade, who was not even present or aware of the meeting and everything until all these things had already transpired?


(3) There has been an established pattern of names dropping of reputable police officers by certain individuals who have proven over time to be unscrupulous and shady.


Now, while the said officers cannot be blamed for the lousiness of these individuals, they can indeed be held accountable if any of their words or actions correlate with whatever their lousy associates have said about them.


Case in point: A certain Eniola Daniels, who works with The Guardian Newspapers as a reporter, has been bragging about how he “knows CSP Muyiwa Adejobi very well,” he’s like “a son” to him, and how the Police FPPRO, CSP Adejobi is “going to swing the case in their favor since april last year and how Muyiwa has been working with someone in AG Lagos office and the name of the Hon. Attorney General and the Commisioner of Justice features prominently as the Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi has been distributing Adeyinka Igbinoba whatsapp messages with the AG and one Dr Martins of Lagos DPP as assurance that they have been assures by the Lagos AG Office to persecute Saheed Mosadoluwa at all cost.” This was done publicly on a Twitter space, with several recordings.


It is also alleged that Madam Sade’s ex-husband BOG had reportedly contacted and promised the same CSP Adejobi a hefty reward from the Amen Estate Group if he could help him snatch it from the rightful owner, his ex-wife.


So, it is both alarming and shocking that the same CSP Adejobi recently published a part of the police report on his Twitter account and Facebook page, which publicly berates Madam Sade Balogun and Saheed Ibile and indites them on crimes they’re yet to be convicted of or even found guilty.


This is quite unbecoming and very unprofessional, too, and that Twitter thread ought to be deleted immediately! It is tantamount to defamation of character, and the Nigeria Police Force is liable and our call is the fact that Muyiwa Adejobi hide under the influence of his office as the Police PPRO to negotiated the frivolous report as he is everywhere obstructing the real interview.


(4) Is it not very unethical, too, for the Nigerian Police to issue public statements about a case that is still under investigation? Doesn’t this act compromise and could even jeopardize and negatively influence the eventual outcome of such cases?


(5) Why does it seem like there is a vendetta against Saheed Mosadoluwa alias Ibile because the recommendations of this report and another part their investigation should definitely be aware of but deliberately fails to mention is baffling, to say the least.


According to both parties, the matter of assault occasioning bodily harm and the outstanding part of the N30 million deposit between Ibile and Igbinoba had been amicably resolved at the police station, and both parties agreed to settle out of court.


The outstanding balance of N15 million was paid to her, and an extra N5 million was extorted from her by the ACP Musa and SP Akin Ogundile of IGP Monitoring Unit as compensation and damages for her injury to end the Muyiwa Adejobi oppressive influence on the case. So, why are the recommendations to prosecute him in court still being made after he had been made to pay such an amount of money and supposedly settle out of police case? Most expecially when the Investigation Officer forcefully collected the money to his personal accounts


Many things do not add up about this report and the true motives of those who prepared it. At this point, it is pretty clear that the integrity of this investigation and case has been gravely compromised.


Unless this is genuinely a witch-hunt and an attempt to subvert justice and abuse power, the only fair and honorable thing to do is to order a complete re-investigation/probe into the case.


And, if such a shoddy, lackluster, inept, and absolutely disgraceful charade is what CSP Adejobi proudly referred to as an investigation that “shows clearly that the Police carried out a laudable investigation worthy of commendation in the absence of sentiments,” then we are truly afraid for our country Nigeria, and the definition of “truth and justice” in her!


We humbly request that your office look into this matter and expedite speedy action on it immediately, please.


Also, anyone guilty of supplying false and misleading information to the police must be thoroughly dealt with as a deterrence to others in society.

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These are not the best of times for Dangote Group as they face allegations of sharp practices in business from Kogi State government, Kogi Assembly as well as Akwa Ibom State.

Already, the Kogi State House of Assembly has ordered stoppage to the activities of the company in two Local Governments in the State while investigations continue.

The crux of the matter, from our investigations arise from sharp practices in terms of tax payments.

According to exclusive reports from Kogi State, the initial story was that Dangote Group took over the State Cement Company illegally without paying a dime for the takeover.


According to our findings, Dangote took over the State Cement Company Obajana Cement without paying the necessary compensation to the State government.

This is corroborated by the State Assembly findings.

According to some media reports, ‘the parliament stated that all available documents showed that the company started as Obajana Cement Company before turning to Dangote Cement company without any considerations.

It also directed that the documents signed at the establishment of the company and relevant receipts of dues claimed to have been paid to the government be made available at the next adjourned sitting date.


The Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Matthew Kolawole, gave the order after interim reports of the ongoing investigative hearing on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) which was submitted by the ad hoc committee led by Hon. Isah Tenimu and deliberated upon at the plenary on Wednesday.


Kolawole said this has become imperative in view of the claims and counterclaims between the Chairman of Kogi State Internally Generated Revenue Service (KGIRS) and representatives of Dangote Cement.


The Speaker further directed that the Financial Director of Dangote Cement Company should meet with KGIGRS and the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry to reconcile financial differences.


Earlier, during the investigative hearing, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry had pointed out that Dangote had not been paying business premises fees since operation in the state.


Responding, the representative of Dangote, Alhaji Jimoh claimed that on the contrary, Kogi State had 10 per cent share which could only be claimed if the state showed interest, adding that since no interest was shown, the shares had been acquired when Dangote became a conglomerate.


While the Financial Director of Dangote, Segun Oyebanjo, claimed that since 2016, the company has paid in total dues the sum of N14 billion to the coffers of Kogi State Government through KGIRS with receipts.


But the Chairman of KGIRS said it was not so, adding that the receipts being bandied are not from them.


Oyebanjo stated that it was only in 2021 that some certain taxes were not being paid’.

But the Kogi problem with Dangote is not limited to this.

In another development, Following the unrestrained environmental degradation in Ankpa and Olamaboro local government areas, Kogi state House of Assembly on Wednesday, directed the Commissioner of Police and Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to seal off operations of Dangote Plc in the affected areas of the State. The House gave the order during a public hearing on activities of Dangote Group in the state, especially on the the massive exploitation , environmental degradation and non compensation to the affected owners of the land and without revenue accruing to the state government.


The Speaker, Kogi state House of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole, charged the NSCDC commandant to ensure immediate implementation pending when the ad hoc committee on revenue clarifies some grey areas. Kolawole, who lamented the environmental degradation caused by mining activities on Kogi by the Dangote group and its subsidiaries, accused the multi national business concern of making billions in the state but yet fails to give back to it.


Akwa Ibom is also finding it difficult to collect its entitlement from the Dangote Group. According to reports from the place, the Itu Local Government blocked Dangote premises with their trucks because the company has refused to pay tax for more than two years despite series of pleas.

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Rethinking Tourism For A More Sustainable World, By NTDC DG *Folorunsho* *Coker* 




As we celebrate this 42nd edition of the World Tourism Day, this is within the frame of reflection on the urgency of building a practice that is environmentally sensitive and future complaint. The need for a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable tourism has now forcefully come on the global agenda of governments, international organisations, businesses, and local communities, and we must all work together to mitigate the evident challenges and concerns, in a way that safeguards our planet.


It is a great delight to witness and mark the 42nd edition of the World Tourism Day (WTD). This is a day set aside to create awareness about tourism globally, while contemplating the different milestones that have been achieved so far, alongside the recognition of its importance as a crucial pillar of development, both here in Nigeria, and worldwide.


World Tourism Day offers an opportunity to come together and celebrate the many and varied accomplishments of our sector, particularly in its drive towards the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This yearly event celebrated on the 27th of September has become a formidable platform for constructive engagement with all tourism stakeholders across the value chain, and in different places across the world.


Of all sectors of the economy, tourism took the worst blow from the COVID-19 pandemic, and this has in turn highlighted the critical need to transform the industry as global tourism gradually recovers. Worldwide, tourism has entered into a durable stage of recovery, and it is quite heart-warming to note that this year alone international tourism has grown back to at least 60% of its pre-pandemic level. According to estimates from the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals almost tripled in the first seven months of 2022, as against the same period last year, and this reveals the strengthening of demand, as travels restrictions are lifted in many more countries (86 at the last count).



The impact that tourism has borne and the need to transcend this for all times makes the theme of this year’s event, “Rethinking Tourism”, quite apt. It not only recognises the relevance of tourism as one of the vital economic sectors globally but, more so, seeks to reconsider the practice of tourism by putting people and the planet first, as it brings all stakeholders – from governments to businesses and local communities – together to share in a vision for a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient sector.


While tourism remains the largest employer of labour, providing livelihoods to millions of people, most notably women and youth across the world, yet this comes with the awareness that the ecosystem of this earth we call home has become fragile with the years. Hence, the composite of activities making up tourism need to be more responsive to the demands of sustainability, as tourism’s economic and environmental footprint is greater than that of any other sector.


It goes without much saying that the opportunities embedded in tourism are enormous. However, to fully utilise the potentials of tourism for economic growth, we must also recognise that we cannot continue in the old ways of practice, and there is the urgent need to reflect on and rethink what we do and how we do it.


We believe it is time to begin the transformation that the sector requires. Like most changes in approach, this will not be easy but we are already well on the way. The crisis that came with COVID-19 was a catalyst and inspiration for creativity, and change.


As efforts at rethinking tourism points the focus on the future, this is certainly a future in which Nigerian tourism is primed to be a major driver of, indicated in its positioning for greater activities and attraction. As the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed puts it, this edition of the World Tourism Day, “is particularly important…because of the right granted to Nigeria by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to host the first-ever UNWTO Global Conference on ‘Linking Tourism, Culture and the Creative Industries: Pathways to Recovery and Inclusive Development’.”


While tourism remains the largest employer of labour, providing livelihoods to millions of people, most notably women and youth across the world, yet this comes with the awareness that the ecosystem of this earth we call home has become fragile with the years. Hence, the composite of activities making up tourism need to be more responsive to the demands of sustainability, as tourism’s economic and environmental footprint is greater than that of any other sector.


He further points out that: “The conference which is scheduled to hold from 14th to 16th November 2022 at the National Theatre Complex, Iganmu, Lagos, provides and opportunity to showcase Nigeria tourism and creative assets. It also creates a viable platform to identify, promote and develop new models of stronger partnership between tourism, culture and the creative industries as highly interlinked sectors for inclusive economic growth and social development.”


Globally, the culture and creative industries constitute some of the huge drivers of economic activity that can be further purposed as greater stimuli for economic recovery. This is evident from their documented impact, seeing to the generation of an annual compound value of close to $2.3 trillion, as representation of about 3% of the world’s GDP, according to UNWTO estimates.


Moreover, about 40% of international tourists are observed as ‘motivated primarily by culture-related experiences’ for embarking on destinations. Therefore, it is quite safe to project that the culture and creative industries could become significant catalysts of recovery and growth in a resurgent global economy, steadily breaking out of the negative impacts of the pandemic.


The creative and culture industries in Nigeria are an extended composite of a number of interconnected and linked sectors, cutting through a sizeable gamut of economic activities and responsible for between 10 and 15 million jobs, from music to design, fashion, film, television, radio, photography, architecture, printing and performance arts. Also, hotel and hospitality, publishing, information technology, gaming, software development, advertising and digital marketing, etc.


The culture and creative industries have been some of the priority sectors earmarked for intensive development in the Federal Government’s stimulus strategy as laid out in the Economic Renewal and Growth Plan (ERGP). This is a major effort being made to recoup lost grounds and create new value that drives sturdier economic growth, thereby resuscitating and expanding the jobs and income pool.


At NTDC, we realised early enough that any proposed strategic path for recovery envisaged for the industry must leverage on innovative and disruptive tech ideas to enhance and promote domestic tourism. This form of tourism is cheaper, with lesser restrictions, and it offers educational opportunities to citizens of the country, whilst generating employment and revenue, in addition to reducing poverty. Domestic tourism galvanises economic growth across sectors, including agriculture and manufacturing, contributes to infrastructure upgrade in rural and urban areas by encouraging government’s commitment to its development, and it largely enhances the creative sector.


According to the UNWTO briefing note, “Tourism and COVID-19”, issue 3 of September 2020, domestic tourism is six times larger than international tourism and it accounts for more than a 70% share of domestic trips globally.


The vibrant promotion of domestic tourism is the first step to resetting the tourism and hospitality industry in a post-pandemic era where there are endless possibilities for development of our rural communities, and where a lot of our tourist sites are located.


The future of the tourism industry is here and we need to be prepared for the emergent opportunities and challenges, which with require a greater form of collaboration across sectors. Foremost, there is need to review regulations guiding the sector’s operations and operators, to standardise service delivery by both public and private sector partners and deploy a strategic stakeholder approach to the development of sustainable tourism practices.


Moreso, at the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), we have focused on and given critical support to the country’s creative and cultural assets, with emphasis on the digital promotion of the diverse cultural expressions of our music, film, arts, dance, fashion, cuisine and festivals. These are all game changers that accentuate the desire to witness and experience Nigeria, as such intimately engaging the creative sector and tourism products to create new experiences for targeted consumers, tourists and investors.


In line with our agenda to encourage domestic and regional tourism, we created the Tour Nigeria brand to drive the domestic consumption of our tourism assets and products, create new channels of tourism markets, along with employment, and increase the nation’s GDP, by boosting spending that will grow the economy, among others. Tour Nigeria is poised to strongly complement international recovery efforts by stimulating demand locally in a way that grows the confidence to inspire Nigerian destination marketing internationally.


The future of the tourism industry is here and we need to be prepared for the emergent opportunities and challenges, which with require a greater form of collaboration across sectors. Foremost, there is need to review regulations guiding the sector’s operations and operators, to standardise service delivery by both public and private sector partners and deploy a strategic stakeholder approach to the development of sustainable tourism practices.


Secondly, there is the necessity of effective participation by, and community ownership at rural levels, as agents of change in tourism transformation. The third level requires the deployment of technology and digital techniques for easy and safe travel.


The potentials of tourism are enormous and we all have a shared responsibility to make sure it is fully realised. We hereby call on all tourism stakeholders and everyone at the base of the broad and diverse tourism pyramid to pause, reflect and rethink what we do and how we do it.


Tourism entrepreneurs are encouraged to embrace technology to gain more mileage and penetration, and acquire adequate knowledge in the proficient use of digital platforms to promote and market existing tourist sites and attractions. This is in addition to ensuring effective service delivery and sustainable practices to grow and protect the tourism industry.


With over 147 million active Internet subscriptions and a tele-density of almost 97%, we have a readymade and vast domestic market for the development of tourism locally.


As we celebrate this 42nd edition of the World Tourism Day, this is within the frame of reflection on the urgency of building a practice that is environmentally sensitive and future complaint. The need for a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable tourism has now forcefully come on the global agenda of governments, international organisations, businesses, and local communities, and we must all work together to mitigate the evident challenges and concerns, in a way that safeguards our planet. The future of tourism is here, and it depends on our collective senses of responsibility.


*Folorunsho* *Coker* is the Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and the chief marketer of the Nigerian destination.

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