Details have emerged how former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, died at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja.
According to the Middle Belt Forum championed by Mailafia, the death of the former CBN Governor was shocking and ridden with suspicion.
The Forum, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Isuwa Dogo, said as someone who relentlessly participated in the activities of the Middle Belt Forum, his untimely death had dealt a deadly blow on ethnic nationalities of not only the Middle Belt but the country at large.
The Forum said arising from various enquiries from Nigerians over the circumstances of his death, the Forum wished to state that Dr. Mailafia arrived in Abuja last Sunday, September 12, 2021, from Akure and was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his wife.
It said on arrival at home, the wife noticed that he was not in the best of health conditions and seemed to be suffering from malaria.
It explained that after three days of treatment without signs of improvement, he went to the CBN Hospital on Friday, September 17, 2021, where he was shabbily treated and that it took the intervention of a senior medic who immediately placed him on oxygen and admitted him.
The Forum added that Mailafia was later given the option of choosing three hospitals: Gwagwalada Hospital, National Hospital and EHA Clinics.
It said the wife opted for the third choice and that on arrival at the EHA Clinics, the wife was subjected to yet another moment of anxiety as it took a direct order from the top management of the hospital to accept him.
The Forum said after a few hours of treatment, the EHA Clinics told the wife that it was expedient to transfer the former CBN Deputy Governor to Gwagwalada, as the clinic was not fully equipped to handle the case.
The Forum stated that the wife opposed the decision and insisted that she was opposed to the idea of taking her husband to Gwagwalada and that Mailafia’s wife only succumbed when the consultant assured her that nothing bad would happen to her husband.
It explained further that on Saturday, September 18, 2021, Obadiah was transferred to Gwagwalada and that on arrival, the doctor who was billed to attend to him was not on duty.
The Forum said even when an attempt was made by foreign health consultants to save the situation, the doctor on duty got angry and said that he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants that had been brought into the matter with the sole purpose of ensuring that nothing went wrong.
It said wife of the former CBN Deputy Governor was asked to pay the sum of N600,000 as a deposit, even when it was a referral case, with an accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN, saying that at a point, Mailafia complained over his breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors to place him on a ventilator, which he flatly refused.
The Forum stated that even after the doctors declared Mailafia dead, foreign consultants who were brought into the matter through Dr. Mailafia’s son who lives abroad, had directed a family member who is a medical professional, with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to mount pressure on his chest for resuscitation and thereafter placed him on life support.
It said the doctors in Gwagwalada refused all entreaties by the family members of Mailafia to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, insisting that they have already pronounced him dead and that even when the wife could feel the pulse of her husband, the doctor flatly declared that there was nothing they could do since they had already pronounced him dead.
“While the above narration sums up the circumstances under which Dr. Mailafia died, we still await the result of the actual cause of his death. As a nationalist and patriot that he was, Dr. Mailafia was completely dedicated to the emancipation of ethnic nationalities from the clutches of oppression.
“The economist was never afraid to speak truth to power, just as he remained committed to the enthronement of justice and equity to all citizens across ethnic and religious divides,” the Forum said.
German Nazi war crimes suspect, 96, goes on trial
Irmgard Furchner, a 96-year-old German woman who was caught shortly after going on the run ahead of a court hearing last month on charges of committing war crimes during World War Two appeared before a judge on Tuesday in the northern town of Itzehoe.
Irmgard Furchner, accused of having contributed as an 18-year-old to the murder of 11,412 people when she was a typist at the Stutthof concentration camp between 1943 and 1945, was taken into the sparse courtroom in a wheelchair.
Her face was barely visible behind a white mask and scarf pulled low over her eyes.
Security was heavy as the judge and legal staff made their way into the court.
Between 1939 and 1945 some 65,000 people died of starvation and disease or in the gas chamber at the concentration camp near Gdansk, in today’s Poland.
They included prisoners of war and Jews caught up in the Nazis’ extermination campaign.
The trial was postponed after Furchner left her home early on Sept. 30 and went on the run for several hours before being detained later that day.
Charges could not be read until Furchner, who faces trial in an adolescent court because of her young age at the time of the alleged crimes, was present in court.
She is the latest nonagenarian to have been charged with Holocaust crimes in what is seen as a rush by prosecutors to seize the final opportunity to enact justice for the victims of some of the worst mass killings in history.
Although prosecutors convicted major perpetrators – those who issued orders or pulled triggers – in the 1960s “Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials”, the practice until the 2000s was to leave lower-level suspects alone. (Reuters/NAN)
Tech entrepreneur, Favour Ori breaks record in Rwanda
Payday, a Pan-African Fintech startup, founded by Nigerian entrepreneur, Favour Ori has become the first Rwandan company to join the prestigious Techstars Toronto Accelerator program.
Techstars is an operational investment company that assists founders and early-stage entrepreneurs scale their vision into a thriving business, beginning with the Demo Day at the end of the program where selected startups will be able to pitch to a carefully curated group of investors.
The 3-month accelerator program’s goal is to provide entrepreneurs with invaluable skills, resources, and connections to a large pool of global talent and investors.
CEO, Favour Ori said, “Joining Techstars will be a game-changer for us. This is an opportunity to work with and learn from outstanding mentors, as well as to leverage their experience, skills, and network to create a platform where all Africans, regardless of location, can enjoy financial inclusion.”
Rwanda represents one of the best turnaround stories the world has seen in a generation. The word that best describes the founders and team behind Payday is “resilient”.
“Moreover, Payday has engineered a financial product that Africans need across the continent, and the recent traction they are seeing makes us believe that this is the start of something massive” says Sunil Sharma, Managing Director of Techstars Toronto.
“We are thrilled to be able to co-invest with some of the best early-stage fintech and e-commerce investors in Africa” says Sharma.
The inclusion of Payday in this program represents an endorsement from one of the world’s most reputable investor communities, emphasizing the potential of the company’s business model and its commitment to developing innovative payment solutions that will simplify how Africans move money around the world.
Techstars has 15 unicorns under its umbrella. Some of the notable ones include; SalesLoft, SendGrid, ZipLine, Chainalysis, and DataRobot, etc. We are sure going to be the NEXT!
War in Nigeria’s advertising industry as associations split over practice guidelines
The Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) has rejected the implementation of the new Advertising Industry Standard of Practice (AISOP) guidelines.
On Monday, Heads of Ad agencies announced the new regulations in a joint statement.
The signatories include the President, Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Steve Babaeko; President, Media Independent Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MIPAN), Femi Adelusi.
Others were President, Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN), Emmanuel Ajufo and President, Experiential Marketers Association of Nigeria (EXMAN), Tunji Adeyinka.
The bodies said the effective date for AISOP implementing is October 6, the date of pronouncement by the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON).
But ADVAN said it makes an unconstitutional attempt to infringe on the rights of private entities to determine their contractual terms.
In a statement on Tuesday, ADVAN Acting President, Bunmi Adeniba said ADVAN is supportive of the plan to create a Standard of Practice.
Adeniba, however, noted that the Supreme Court had, in many decisions, pronounced that the rationale for freedom of contract is founded on public policy.
This means parties of full age and competent understanding are deemed to have the utmost liberty of contracting, and that their contracts when entered freely and voluntarily must be held sacred and be enforced by courts of law.
Adeniba said as principal benefactors of advertising services, ADVAN’s input in AISOP was yet to be fully onboarded.
“The guidelines are void of critical elements that protect the rights and interest of the ADVAN community”, she declared.
Adeniba insisted that the guidelines do not serve collective interest, but rather permits unfair authority of certain parties over others and creates an unfriendly business framework.
“It portrays a clear indication of discriminatory standards where the AISOP document in section 5 sub section b (Discounts and Commissions) states that:“No party will unilaterally dictate or impose rates on another party except as may be mutually agreed by upon by the parties.
“However, in the summary submitted to the press,there is a clause that states: “Media rates may be increased at any time provided that at least 30 days’ notice is given prior to implementation”.
“Latter of which was not included on original documents, further portraying an inconsistency in expectation.
“ADVAN requests that in all instances, the condition of a mutually agreed terms by both parties be upheld and not only as it applies to expectations from Advertisers.”
The statement said the government has a specific and critical role in supporting industry development by providing fair and enabling legislation and guidelines for ethical business practices.
The association demanded that the involvement should not overrule the constitutional rights of business entities to conduct legitimate business activities.
“The perception of a discriminatory regulatory system will be counterproductive to the collective objective of creating a conducive business environment”, Adeniba added.
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