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Mrs Alice Adebayo, widow of the late Chief Jide Adebayo, had appealed to family members, friends, sympathisers and Omu-Aran Community to stop crying.

Adebayo made the appeal in her tributes at the funeral service for the former Acting Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the 2nd ECWA Church, Agamo in Omu-Aran, Kwara, on Saturday.

The in her tributes at the said that instead, they should intensify their prayers and have believe that Adebayo has gone to rest.

She said: “I want to thank everyone, the Church, family members, friends and Omu-Aran Community for your support and assistance.

“You have assisted us with your prayers, with finances and word of advises.

“God will uphold our families; you have done what need to be done to safe his life, but our God the creator knows our movement.

“Even, doctors did their best to save his life. My husband was always promoting family values wherever he found himself.

“I want to appeal to us to stop crying, but to intensify our prayers and have the believe that he has gone to rest. Almighty God will uphold our families.”

Also, a friend of Adebayo, Alhaji Funsho Salawu, in his own tributes, said: “He lived a very good lives.

“The volumes of condolences since his demise is an extraordinary and unprecedented.

“We have lost somebody who is very difficult to replace; he was a personification of humility and kindness.

“Omu-Aran Government Secondary School (GSS) has lost a worthy ambassador and a rare gem and humanity has lost one of his finest.

“May God Almighty console his friends, family and the entire Omu-Aran community.”

Also, Rev. S.O Adewumi, the new Chairman, 2nd ECWA Church, Agamo, District Church Council, Omu-Aran, said that Adebayo did the best he could do while alive.

Adewumi said Adebayo had done what his family and the community could be proud of, adding it may be painful today, but happiness is coming.

“I want every one of us to remember that death is inevitable; whatever we do we shall be accountable to God,” he said.

Mr Charles Aniyikaye, on behalf of the Choir, 2nd ECWA Church, said that Adebayo was the Life Choir Patron of the Church.

“He was always passionate about the church welfare and it’s members.

“Whenever we have programmes, he would be the one to call his friends one by one to donate to the church.

“Not until Thursday, it has never occurred to us that Chief Jide Adebayo can just died without bidding us good bye.

“He was a brilliant journalist, who commanded high sense of reasoning and wisdom in his chosen career.

“We are consoled by the fact that most people in Jide Adebayo’s shoes, mostly died young, even our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified at his prime.

“His memory will remain evergreen in our hearts for a long time.

“He was installed on the Sept.9, 2012 as our life Patron and he has been very dedicated, committed and selfless in his contributions to the church and humanity.”

Mr Buki Ponle, Managing Director of the agency, had described the death of Adebayo as devastating.

Ponle, in a condolence visit to Adebayo’s residence in Idimu, Lagos on Friday, said that Adebayo’s exit was painful.

“His demise is causing a pain too deep to bear, especially in the NAN family.

“At 66, he is too young to die, as he was full of life,” Ponle said.

L-R Alhaji Funsho Salaudeen, Alhaji Musa Salami, Dr K.K Salau and Omu-Aran Development Association’s President, Maj Gen Lasisi Abidoye (rtd) during a Church Service for late Ex-NAN Acting MD, Chief Jide Adebayo on Saturday in Omu-Aran at the 2nd ECWA Church.

The managing director, represented on the visit by Mr Ephraims Sheyin, Head, NAN Lagos Operations, said that the deceased was loved by all because he showed empathy.

“He touched lives and ensured justice and equity. He was an effective mobiliser.

“While I pray for the soul to rest in peace, I pray God to give the Omu Aran community in Kwara, where he governed as Prime Minister, as well as the wife and children, the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

Ponle said that the entire journalism profession, particularly NAN, would miss the contributory role of Adebayo in the development of the profession.

The deceased’s widow, who received the NAN delegation, thanked the NAN managing director for the great show of love since her husband took his exit.

“I am also overwhelmed with the deep affection by the NAN family in spite of the fact that my husband left the Agency several years ago.

“Practically the whole NAN family is here. Those that are not here have been calling to commiserate with us. We are grateful and shall remain grateful,” she said.

Until he retired from the services of the Agency six years ago, Adebayo served as acting Managing Director, first Executive Director, Marketing Department, and Head, Lagos Operations.

He also served as sports editor and covered the 1998 world cup held in France. (NAN).

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Tinubu Mourns Ex-Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu

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President Bola Tinubu has extended his deepest condolences to the Onu family over the passing of Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, a former Minister of Science and Technology in the Buhari administration.

Chief Onu passed away on Thursday at the age of 72.

“The President mourns a luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament.

The first civilian governor of Abia State; former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, a principal draughtsman in the founding of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a valiant partner in the victory of the party in the 2015 elections.
 

“Most importantly, the President celebrates the life of an accomplished scholar, first-class engineer; a man of proven integrity; defiant to indiscipline, but ever yielding to the highest standards of rectitude,” a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential spokesman quoted the President to have said.

The statement said Tinubu affirmed that the late Onu epitomized Nigeria in concord; in wholeness, as the late statesman believed in and defended Nigeria’s unity, advocated peace, and promoted fellowship across the Niger.

The President also condoled with the friends and associates of Chief Onu, Ebonyi and Abia State Governments, and all Nigerians grieving this gaping loss.

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Geregu Power Earns N50.4bn From Electricity Sales, Capacity Charges 

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By Tony Obiechina, Abuja 

Geregu Power Plc has generated N50.4bn on electricity sales and capacity charges to Nigerians in the first quarter of 2024.

The power company which is the first listed power company of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd disclosed the performance in its Q1, 2024 financial statement.

The company grew its Q1 revenue by 225 per cent from N14.

2bn in 2023 to N50.
4bn in 2023.

A breakdown reveals that Geregu Power sold energy worth N31bn and received N19bn as revenue from capacity charge.

Recall that the power company posted an annual revenue of N82.9bn in the full year of 2023 but it has covered half of the amount in Q1.

The revenue was above the company’s forecast for Q1 2024 when it projected its revenue to rise to N31.24bn.

Geregu Power recorded a profit before tax of N21.9bn up from the N5.3bn recorded in Q1 of last year, reflecting 307.8 per cent growth.

During the period underreview, the company saw its profit after tax rose by 307.3 per cent to N14.46bn from N3.54bn recorded in Q1 of last year. In the full year 2023, the company made N16.1bn net profit.

The net profit was above the company projection of N5.5bn. 

Geregu Power took an income tax charge of N7.43bn, up from the N1.8bn in Q1 2023. The tax charges were higher than the N2.7bn projected for Q1 2024.

The company also spent N21.5bn on the cost of sales involving gas supply and transportation, up from the N6.6bn spent on gas supply and transportation in Q1 2023.

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U.S. not Expecting to be Drawn into War but Predicts Attack by Iran Against Israel

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The United States expects an attack by Iran against Israel but one that would not be big enough to draw Washington into war, a U.S. official said late on Thursday.

The White House said earlier that Washington did not want conflict to spread in the Middle East and the U.S. had told Iran it was not involved in an air strike against a top Iranian military commander in Damascus.

The White House added it warned Iran to not use that attack as a pretext to escalate further in the region.

Suspected Israeli warplanes bombed Iran’s embassy in Damascus on Monday in a strike for which Iran has vowed revenge and in which a top Iranian general and six other Iranian military officers were killed, ratcheting up tension in a region already strained by the Gaza war.

Iranian sources told Reuters that Tehran has signalled to Washington that it will respond to Israel’s attack on its Syrian embassy in a way that aims to avoid major escalation and it will not act hastily, as Tehran presses demands including a Gaza truce.

The United States has been on high alert about possible retaliatory strikes from Iran and U.S. envoys have been working to lower tensions.

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel’s military assault on Hamas-governed Gaza has since killed more than 33,000 people according to the local health ministry, displaced nearly all of Gaza’s 2.3 million population, caused a humanitarian crisis, and led to genocide allegations that Israel denies.

Iran-backed groups have declared support for Palestinians, waging attacks from Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq.

Tehran has avoided direct confrontation with Israel or the United States, while declaring support for its allies. (Reuters/NAN)

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