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ARCON dissolves panel, suspends directors for approving ‘all eyes on the judiciary’ billboards



The Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has dissolved its Advertising Standards Panel for approving billboards targeted at the presidential election petition tribunal.

ARCON also ordered the destruction of several billboards across the country with the title: “All Eyes on The Judiciary”.

In a statement on Tuesday, Olalekan Fadolapo, ARCON director-general, said the advertisement failed to follow vetting guidelines and is capable of breaching public peace.

“The concepts exposed were not approved by the Advertising Standards Panel, hence, the council has directed that all the materials being exposed be brought down immediately and the violators sanctioned,” Fadolapo said.

“The Advertising Standards Panel of the council also erred in the approval of one of the concepts as the advertisement failed vetting guidelines on the following grounds.

“The cause forming the central theme of the campaign in the advertisement is a matter pending before the presidential election petition tribunal. Hence, it’s jus pendis.

“A matter being jus pendis and awaiting judicial pronouncement is, by virtue of the Nigerian legal system, precluded from being a subject of public statement, debate, discussion, advertisement etc.

“The advertisement is controversial and capable of instigating public unrest and breach of public peace.

“The advertisement is considered a blackmail against the Nigerian judiciary, the presidential election petition tribunal and particularly the honourable justices of the tribunal who are expected to discharge their judicial functions without fear or favour over a matter that is currently jus pendis.

“The Advertising Standards Panel (ASP) Secretariat failing to diligently exercise its function as the gatekeeper of advertising, advertisement and marketing communications is hereby dissolved.”

The council further suspended the director and deputy director of regulations, pending the conclusion of investigations.

“The council will set up a committee to investigate the circumstances leading to the erroneous approval of one of the concepts of the inappropriate advert and the breach of the vetting guidelines,” Fadolapo said.

“Consequently, the director and deputy director, regulations have also been suspended. The suspension is to enable unprejudiced investigation of the issue.”


Court orders arrest of Nigeria Prison medical doctor over Binance executive, Gambaryan’s health




Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court, Abuja has ordered a bench (arrest) warrant on a medical doctor at the health facility of Kuje Correctional Centre, Abraham Ehizojie for failing to produce the medical report of Binance executive, Tygran Gambaryan or show up in court.

BODEX BLOG reports that the Nigerian government had accused Binance and its executives, Tygran Gambaryan and the fleeing Nadeem Anjarwalla, of allegedly conspiring amongst themselves to conceal the origin of the financial proceeds of their alleged unlawful activities in Nigeria, including $35,400, 000.

The Nigerian authorities said they committed an offense contrary to Section 21 (a) and punishable under Section 18(3) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022.

Nairametrics previously reported that Justice Nwite had ordered that the Nigerian Correctional Service doctor to produce the medical reports of the Tigran Gambaryan, warning the correctional service against non-compliance to the court’s directives.

He added that the medical practitioner at the prison service will have to appear in court if the medical report is not produced.

At the proceedings on Tuesday, Gambaryan’s lawyer, Mark Mordi said in open court that the judge’s order had not been complied with.

The judge then asked a prison official who brought the Binance executive to court about the development.

The prison official said he got the court order and delivered the order to the doctor last week Tuesday, adding “He is not here and I expected him to be here.”

The EFCC counsel, Ekene Iheanacho told the judge that he thought that the medical officer will be in court today.

Mordi then said the court should issue a bench warrant against the medical officer of the prison service and that his client be remanded in a hospital immediately so that he can be diagnosed to see what his true state of health is.

“My client came in here in a wheelchair. He has been complaining of back pain.

“We need to be careful of the life in our hands,” Mordi said.

Iheanacho said he does not dispute the fact that the defendant should be given adequate treatment but he has issues with being remanded in hospital custody.

After hearing from the lawyers, Nwite said it is unfortunate that a government institutions will be treating his orders with levity.

“I hereby make an order of bench warrant on the medical doctor at the Kuje Correctional Service, Abraham to appear before this court.

He also ordered that Gambaryan be taken to the Nizamiye hospital for a medical checkup for 24 hours, at any time of his choice but under full security.

The case was then adjourned to 11 October 2024 for continuation of trial.

Earlier, Dr. Olubukola Akinwunmi, Head, of Payment Policy and Regulation Division at the CBN, had told Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court, Abuja that the Binance platform was not authorized to conduct banking services in Nigeria.

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Kano state government reinstates Gaya Emir, names two others for Karaye, Rano




Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has approved the appointment of three second-class Emirs of Rano, Gaya, and Karaye with immediate effect.

According to a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Tofa, a copy of which was made available to PUNCH Online on Wednesday, the new emirates are to serve as second with Kano as first-class emirate.

Yusuf named the newly appointed Alhaji Muhammad Karaye as the Emir of Karaye. He was the District Head of Rogo before his latest appointment.

Alhaji Muhammad Umar was named the Emir of Rano. He was the District Head of Bunkure before the latest appointment.

The governor also named Alhaji Aliyu Abdulkadir Gaya as the Emir of Gaya. He was the emir of the defunct Gaya emirate, who was dethroned among others recently.

The statement added, “While congratulating the newly appointed Emirs, Governor Abba Yusuf enjoined them to be custodians of culture, peace, and unity of the people in their respective emirates.”

Yusuf had on Tuesday signed into law three second-class emirates in the state, with Rano covering only Rano, Kibiya, and Bunkure Local Government areas.

Gaya covers only Gaya, Ajingi, and Albasu Local Government Areas, while Karaye covers only Karaye and Rogo Local Government Areas.

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LASG launches N15,000, N80,000 yearly Ilera Eko standard Jaara health insurance plan




Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state, has launched the Ilera Eko Standard Jaara Health Insurance scheme, offering annual plans ranging from N15,000 to N80,000.

The announcement was made by the Lagos State government on its website after the launch ceremony on Tuesday.

The event also saw the commissioning of five Ilera Eko Virtual Booths, placed to serve the informal sector, including market traders, artisans, and grassroots stakeholders.

The health insurance scheme
The Ilera Eko Standard Jaara Health Insurance scheme is a comprehensive package incorporating Telemedicine, annual medical screenings, and specialized treatments in Cardiology, Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), and Orthopedics, among others.

According to the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA), this initiative highlights the ongoing efforts to improve healthcare accessibility.

“We are committed to continuing to introduce policies and reforms that ensure our residents have access to quality healthcare services.

“I urge everyone, especially those in the informal sector, to enrol in the ILERA EKO scheme to reduce out-of-pocket medical expenses.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu detailed the structure for the Ilera Eko Standard Jaara Health Insurance Plan: N15,000 per individual annually, N55,000 for a family of four, and N80,000 for a family of six, with additional dependents below 23 years old paying N10,000 each per year.

“To enjoy the Standard Jaara Health Insurance Plan, an individual will pay a premium of N15,000 per annum. Payment of premium on our family plan has been stratified in line with the feedback received from our Enrollees.

While a family of four consisting of the father, mother and two children below 23 years, will pay N55,000 per annum, a family of six, consisting of the father, mother and four children also below 23 years, will pay N80,000 per annum.

“Additional dependents below 23 years old will pay N10,000 per annum.”

The Governor highlighted the role of the informal sector, which comprises 70% of Lagos State’s population, urging them to take advantage of the new health initiatives.

He emphasized that his administration’s efforts, as outlined in the T.H.E.M.E.S+ Development Agenda, include enrolling all public servants in the ILERA EKO scheme with the government covering 75% of their premiums.

From August 2024, all Lagos State pensioners will receive free one-year ILERA EKO coverage.

“The focus of our administration, as outlined in the T.H.E.M.E.S + Development Agenda, includes improving health outcomes.”

“To this end, we have enrolled all public servants in the ILERA EKO scheme, with the government covering 75 per cent of their premiums.”

“Starting in August 2024, all Lagos State pensioners will receive free one-year ILERA EKO coverage which will ensure their access to healthcare in retirement. We are doing all these to enhance our UHC goal.”

Sanwo-Olu also introduced five new ILERA EKO Virtual Booths in Yaba, Ketu Bus Stop, Adamo Market, Sabo Market, and Ayetoro Market in Epe.  

According to the governor, these booths aim to bring healthcare services closer to the people, particularly market men and women, by providing first-line health services without the need for lengthy hospital visits. 

“We have heavily subsidized the health insurance premium to ensure everyone can access healthcare. The Virtual Booths are designed to expand the reach of LASHMA’s health insurance scheme across the state,” Sanwo-Olu noted.  

He also encouraged the formal sector to ensure their employees are registered under the scheme to reduce corporate medical expenses. 

  • In his remarks, the Chairman of LASHMA’s Governing Council, Mr. Adebayo Adedewe, announced that 300 Virtual Booths are planned to cater to grassroots needs.  
  • Governor Sanwo-Olu announced that he signed an Executive Order to reinforce the new health initiatives, urging residents to embrace the Lagos State Health Scheme.  
  • He warned that while the administration prefers enlightenment over enforcement, violators of the Lagos State Health Scheme (LSHS) Law and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) Act would face consequences. 
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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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