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Married junior staff accuses foreign affairs ministry’s perm sec of sexual harassment

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Yusuf Tuggar, minister of foreign affairs, has notified Folasade Yemi-Esan, head of service of the federation, about persisting allegations of sexual harassment against Ibrahim Lamuwa, permanent secretary of the ministry.

 

In a letter dated May 27 to Yemi-Esan, Tuggar said he felt it necessary to write her following the “gravity of the matter”.

 

Simisola Fajemirokun Ajayi, a married female employee of the ministry, through Femi Falana, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and her lawyer, had informed Tuggar of Lamuwa’s alleged sexual advances.

 

The document was signed by Adebayo Oniyelu, on behalf of Falana.

 

According to the petition, Lamuwa approached Ajayi on October 7, 2023, during the first policy retreat to review President Bola Tinubu’s 4D policy, to ask why she did not sleep at the hotel after the event.

 

The petition added that the permanent secretary informed Ajayi that he would want her to come to his room after the event but she declined, saying she was a nursing mother and needed to go home to care for her baby.

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“Is it a big baby or small baby?” the petition quoted Lamuwa as inquiring, adding that he would like to find out so he can join.

 

“He, however, continued this line of inappropriate anecdotes throughout the retreat.

 

“On November 10, 2023: our client went to Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa’s conference room where he was working out to discuss the plans to digitize the Ministry.

 

“Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa invited her for a meeting later that afternoon with a team from Galaxy Backbone. During the conversation, Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa requested our client take a voyage with him to Hong Kong. He further assured our client that our client’s life would never remain the same after the trip.

 

“Our client left the scene in utter shock and disappointment because of the awkwardness of the Permanent Secretary, Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa’s discussion.

 

“While our client was about to excuse herself, Amb. Ibrahim Lamuwa thoughtlessly put his arms around our client’s arms and demanded a full frontal hug which she rejected.”

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Citing another instance, Oniyelu said Lamuwa summoned Ajayi and challenged her that she had not been to his office since February because she had grudges against him.

 

“He then offered our client to drink tea from his cup whilst forcefully putting his arms around our client and referring to her as a ‘stubborn woman’,” Oniyelu said.

 

The petition added that a discreet investigation conducted by Ajayi revealed that other women, particularly female directors, were almost raped in their hotel rooms, adding that female foreign service officers have been harassed, threatened and removed from trips, postings and other privileges because they declined to comply with Lamuwa’s sexual urges.

 

Tuggar asked Yemi-Esan to handle the matter accordingly.

 

The minister also said he would provide any assistance required for the head of service to discharge her duties.

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Davido drags babymama Sophia Momodu to court for Imade’s custody

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Nigerian award-winning singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has dragged Sophia Momodu, the mother of his first child, Imade, to court, seeking custody of the daughter.

 

In an originating motion filed by his lawyers, Dr Olaniyi Arije, Okey Barrah and others, at the Lagos State High Court, dated April 17, 2024, Davido is praying the court for “an order granting joint custody of Miss Imade Adeleke to the applicant.”

 

In the alternative, the singer prayed to the court for “an order granting to the applicant unfettered and unrestricted access to Miss Imade.”

 

The suit, marked LD/1587PMC/2024, has as applicant Mr David Adedeji Adeleke, while Ms Sophia Momodu was listed as the sole respondent.

 

The originating motion was supported by a 44-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Davido himself.

He narrated that though he had a relationship with Momodu that led to the birth of their child on May 14, 2015, the relationship had ended some years ago “while we resolved to take care of our child as biological father and mother.”

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Davido said, “That it is on record that I have been responsible for the payment of all the school fees of my daughter to provide her with the best education possible and to meet all her educational needs without a hitch.

 

“That I have also been providing money for the rent of the apartment where the respondent resides with our daughter.”

 

The singer said that as a result of the love he had for Imade, he purchased and offered the mother a N200m worth apartment in a condominium gated community with a swimming pool and 24-hour power and water supply at Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos. An offer he claimed was turned down.

 

He said, “The respondent rejected the offer to stay and live at the above-described secured Oniru apartment, which had been purchased already, but demanded that I continue to pay N5,000,000 annually for a rented facility as my own contribution towards my daughter’s accommodation.”

 

Davido said to ensure that the interest of Imade was well-catered for, “I bought a Range Rover Sport Utility Vehicle for the use of the child and the respondent to meet the transport needs, including transportation of the child to and from school, etc.”

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He added that sometime last year, he received a call from her daughter’s school that Imade had been absent for two weeks, and upon his inquiry from Momodu, “She began to make excuses and complained that the Range Rover SUV was not in a good condition, however, she refused to inform me about that.”

 

He added, “That sequel to the information about the said condition of the vehicle, I provided another vehicle, Highlander SUV, and in addition, the sum of N5.8m as requested by her for the repair of the Range Rover SUV, making it two vehicles in the custody and use of the respondent and our daughter.”

 

According to Davido, to further ensure that the interest of their child was adequately taken care of, “I also made commitments to pay for living expenses, the fees of the nanny to our child, provide medical and health care, insurance, periodic international travel expenses and tickets.”

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“That notwithstanding my efforts in the overall interest of my daughter, the respondent has continued to make outlandish and Utopian demands to frustrate me,” the singer added.

 

Listing the other demands allegedly made by Momodu, he said, “The respondent, among others, is demanding that I should pay the nanny she hired the sum of $800 per month, and that the total sum of $19,600 per annum be paid as a lump sum.”

 

Davido claimed that despite his contribution towards ensuring a better life for their daughter, “the respondent has continued to show me unwarranted cruelty, inflicting so much pain on me.”

 

Davido and Sophia have often been at loggerheads.

In 2021, Sophia revealed that she was pained when their daughter, Imade, took Davido’s last name and not hers.

 

Momodu revealed this via her Instagram Story when she reacted to a post about children bearing their mothers’ names.

 

According to her, she cried bitterly because her daughter could not bear her last name ‘Momodu’.

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Farooq Oreagba: Cancer survivor who stole hearts at 2024 Ojude Oba festival

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Farooq Oreagba, the managing director of NG Clearing Limited, has captured the hearts of many at the 2024 Ojude Oba festival.

 

Ojude Oba — meaning the king’s forecourt — is an important cultural and historical event for the Yoruba people, particularly the Ijebu community in Ogun state. It is celebrated every third day after the annual Eid-el-Kabir festival.

 

The festival is a vibrant display of Yoruba heritage featuring parades, traditional attire, and cultural performances.

 

Oreagba was the cynosure of all eyes during this year’s festival, with several Nigerians on social media lavishing him with encomium for his fashion taste and “steeze”.

In now-viral footage, the businessman is seen making a grand entrance at the festival on horseback amid enthusiastic cheers from the crowd.

 

Clad in green and lemon Aso-Oke Agbada regalia, matching cap, red coral beads, and a gold crossbody chain, Oreagba rode his horse majestically and with aplomb. He also wore luxurious sunglasses and an Apple wristwatch to accentuate his ostentatiously displayed tattoos and tobacco pipe.

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Even the horse strutted through the grounds with a delicate gait as Oreagba “ate and left no crumbs” at the festival.

 

WHO IS OREAGBA?

Oreagba was born in July 1966 in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun. He attended Ijebu-Ode Grammar School and is an alumnus of King’s College Lagos.

He earned a degree at Edward Greenes College, Oxford in London, and secured a Bachelor of Engineering, Combined Engineering Studies from Coventry University (from 1985 to 1989).

 

Oreagba has assumed several roles in the finance industry for over thirty years.

 

Most recently, he was a member of the Derivatives Product Advisory Committee of the Nigerian Stock Exchange before taking on his current position in 2023.

 

OREAGBA BEAT CANCER

In February 2014, Oreagba was diagnosed with bone marrow and skin cancer, forcing him to step aside from his career temporarily.

“My experience during my illness has changed my outlook on life a little bit. Some of the things that tick me no longer really matter. I found other things that get me up in the morning,” he said while speaking of his diagnosis.

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The 58-year-old, however, overcame the cancer after battling the disease for almost two years. Since then, he started counseling and supporting cancer patients in several communities.

 

Interestingly, Oreagba got his tattoos after the age of 50. His tattoos appear to be a testament to his survival and a second chance at life.

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‘It wasn’t time for greetings’ — aide defends viral video of Ramaphosa ‘ignoring’ Tinubu

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A viral video of President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa purportedly ignoring President Bola Tinubu during his inauguration has caused a stir on the internet.

 

Aisha Yesufu, the social activist, posted the clip on her X account on Wednesday and wrote that Tinubu was disgraced once again, while another X user said the president was “looking lost”.

 

In the video, Ramaphosa, who was sworn in for a second term, can be seen exchanging handshakes with dignitaries on the front row.

 

Tinubu was on the second row next to Samia Hassan, president of Tanzania, and other leaders.

 

Ramaphosa did not immediately offer a handshake to all the dignitaries in that row.

 

In another video posted by the South African presidency, Ramaphosa is seen heading to the second row to interact with the heads of state and government.

 

“My president, it’s so good to have you here. Thank you so much; we will talk later,” the South African president told Tinubu.

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In addition, O’tega Ogra, senior special assistant to Tinubu on digital communications, strategy, and new media, said the first row at the inauguration was reserved for South African royalty.

 

Ogra also said Ramaphosa was not expected to start greeting dignitaries at the time in the viral video, which is why he abruptly ended after being called back to his seat by the compere.

 

“Immediately after President Ramaphosa finished the anthem, he went ahead to greet the visiting presidents, who were all seated in the second row,” the aide said.

 

Ogra chided Yesufu for her “consistent display of crass ignorance” and “hatred” for Nigeria.

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