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Femi Osibona: Face Behind Collapsed 21-storey Building In Ikoyi

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Femi Osibona: Face Behind Collapsed 21-storey Building In Ikoyi

He was in the building, according to unconfirmed reports

Prominent developer, Femi Osibona is the brain behind the collapsed 21-storey building which collapsed on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Monday.

The building under construction collapsed on Monday afternoon with many trapped and some dead.

Osibona is the developer of the massive project dubbed: 360 Degrees Towers on 44 BCD Gerrard Road, Ikoyi. The project represents three fine pieces of high-rise and real estate, being built in the area.

Two of the projects are still standing tall while the third one collapsed on Monday.

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Osibona is the Managing Director of Fourscore Homes. He told Thisday in an interview in 2019 that Fourscore Homes is a member of the NHBRC (National Home Builders Registration Council) in South Africa and Zurich Building Guarantee in Europe, as part of the company’s presence overseas.

His company specialises in the building of choice properties in different parts of the world.

Osibona said. “We have exhibited our expertise in property development in the United Kingdom, South Africa, the United States of America and Nigeria. Fourscore Homes possesses uncommon capabilities in redefining property development in any market we choose to play in.”

Femi Osibona: Face Behind Collapsed 21-storey Building In Ikoyi

On the first floor of the building is a suspended platform that serves as a recreational area where residents can unwind and hold a small party, if they wish. Also, there is a five-star lobby where residents can host friends and family members, without compromising their privacy.

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The towers have various house types: Maisonettes of about 420sqms each on three floors; penthouses on two floors; and 4-bedroom flats on one floor, with each flat as large as 400sqms – almost twice the size of most flats in other developments in Ikoyi. The penthouses are about 600sqms to 800sqms.

Osibona’s company began its foray into real estate in the United Kingdom before branching out to South Africa and later Nigeria. In 2009, when Brig-General Buba Marwa (rtd) was the Nigerian High Commissioner in South Africa, Fourscore Homes built six luxury units called Fourscore Mansions in Waterkloof, a very expensive neighbourhood in Pretoria.

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Osibona was also the first African developer to develop a seven-storey building in the United Kingdom. The property called Fourscore Mansion is located at 113, Albion Drive London Fields, E8, 4LZ, East London. Not only that, he was the first black developer of African origin to build other projects in the UK. The company’s real estate business started in Hackney, London in 1997.

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EndSARS Whitepaper: You Can’t Submerge The Truth – Ebun Adegboruwa

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#EndSARS PANEL REPORT: THE SIEGE IS OVER

Since November 15, 2021, when the Reports of the #EndSARS Judicial Panel were submitted to the Lagos State Government, a good number of my colleagues, friends and admirers prevailed on me to refrain from further public pronouncements on the activities and reports of the Panel since the government was studying the said reports.

Upon the submission of the said reports, lawyers on the payroll of the government and other employees of the government, took turns to denigrate the reports, on national television, in paid adverts in newspapers and on the social media.

Ministers in the Cabinet of the Federal Government have also commented on the said reports, in some cases calling members of the Panel unprintable names and even comparing victims of brutality and human rights abuses to goats and taunting their already traumatized families and friends.

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EndSARS Whitepaper: You Can’t Submerge The Truth – Ebun Adegboruwa

On November 30, 2021, the government released two separate White Papers, to the general public. The Panel was not informed of this action and it was not availed copies of the said White Papers, till this moment.

The Committee that reviewed the Reports of the Panel and which produced the White Papers was headed by the Honourable Attorney-General of Lagos State.

On December 1, 2021, the Honourable Attorney-General of Lagos State was a guest on Arise Television, where he took time to discuss the Reports of the Panel and the contents of the White Papers that his Committee produced. The impression was also created that the Panel mismanaged funds released to it.

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It has become necessary therefore for me and all other Members of the Panel to study the White Papers and make appropriate responses thereto. There will be no holds barred, since the government itself has opened the doors for public scrutiny of the report and the white papers.

For the records, the Panel relied upon the evidence of witnesses, documents tendered before it and the goodwill of the people of Nigeria, throughout its assignment.

It is painful for me and the Panel that the government is creating the wrong impression of financial impropriety as a tool of distraction when the Panel had a Secretariat that managed all its funds, through the Ministry of Justice.

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Although I served on the Panel free of charge without collecting a dime, I know as a fact that other members served sacrificially, giving up their time, families and careers for a whole year.

At the appropriate time, we will respond to all the inaccuracies, the coverups and the inconsistencies contained in the White Papers released by the government.

Assuredly, nothing can ever cover the truth. What happened at the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, was already in the public domain, those who received the bullets knew what happened and the doctors that treated them knew what happened. The Panel reports only confirmed what most Nigerians already knew.

Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, SAN
Lekki, Lagos.
01/12/2021

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Man Almost Cut Off His Employer’s Manhood In Ogun, Beat Up His Boss’ Wife

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A 40-year-old logger identified as Ogidan Yussuf, has been arrested for allegedly cutting the genital organ of his employer, Oluwo Shakiru, and assaulting his wife over loss of equipment.

The suspect said to be a resident of Wuraola Street, Epe, in Ijebu East LGA and reportedly a saw machine operator for the victim, was arrested by operatives of Ogun State security network codenamed Amotekun.

State commander of Amotekun, David Akinremi who disclosed this yesterday November 30, said the incident occurred two months after Yusuf had been dodging his boss over loss of the machine.

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He said;

“The insistence of the victim to get back his saw, coupled with the assault on the victim’s wife by the suspect led to a physical fight.

“In the process, the suspects allegedly gripped the victim’s genital organ and almost yank it off only to escape from the scene before his arrest by our operatives.

“The victim was immediately rushed to Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital and is responding to treatment while the suspect who confessed to the dastardly act has been handed over to the police for prosecution.”

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Lai Mohammed Will Now Say That FG Forced Jack Dorsey To Resign – Aisha Yesufu

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Lai Mohammed Will Now Say That FG Forced Jack Dorsey To Resign – Aisha Yesufu

Recall that the co-founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey stepped down from his executive role.
On this note, Aisha Yesufu, popular social media activist, has said that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, would claim responsibility for Jack Dorsey’s resignation as Twitter Chief Executive Officer.

According to her, the government would soon tell Nigerians that Jack’s resignation was part of negotiations to return the social media platform to the Nigerian space.

Dorsey, who posted the first-ever tweet in 2006, will be replaced by Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Parag Agrawal.

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Elliott Management and billionaire investor Paul Singer had advised the tech guru to step down from Twitter or Square, his financial payments company

In an announcement of Monday, the company said Dorsey would exit but remain on the board until the stockholder meeting in 2022.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to hear Lai Mohammed claim they forced Jack to resign. They might even say it was part of the agreement for them to unban twitter in Nigeria,” Aisha tweeted.

Twitter is currently under suspension in Nigeria having been accused of being used in spreading fake news in the country.

However, one major event that happened before Twitter suspension was the taking down of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet where the Nigerian leader was adjudged to have threatened citizens of the country

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