Popular Yoruba actor and comedian, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, has passed away.
The prolific actor gave up the ghost on Monday after a long battle with an illness.
Born on August 22, 1958, he was married to comedienne Omoladun Omidina, who died in September 2009.
Baba Suwe dominated the Yoruba movie industry for decades, featured in several movies and bagged many awards.
“The legend is gone, he left today to be in a place of rest”, a source told DAILY POST.
The Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) will issue a statement soon.
SANWO-OLU UNVEILS NEW NAME, LOGO OF LAGOS STATE LOTTERIES AND GAMING AUTHORITY
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday lifted the curtain on new brand identity for the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority, heralding a new business culture that fully protects stakers and licensed operators in the State’s gaming sector.
The Governor officially changed Lagos State Lotteries Board to Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority as part of extensive reforms initiated by his administration to reposition the industry for greater efficiency and stakeholder satisfaction.
The name and brand logo of the agency were unveiled at a ceremony held at the Lagos Oriental Hotels in Victoria Island and fully attended by top government functionaries and private sector stakeholders.
The unveiling came six months after Governor Sanwo-Olu signed the amended Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority Bill into law, following its passage by the State House of Assembly. The legislation necessitated the name change and new brand logo.
With the new law and a new brand identity, Sanwo-Olu said the State’s Lotteries and Gaming Authority was now poised to conduct its business in line with modern technological practices, while adopting a more innovative, harmonious, and transparent approach in the regulation of the lotteries and gaming industry.
The Governor said: “This unveiling ceremony marks a new dawn in the history of lottery and gaming regulation in the Centre of Excellence. The agency has been rebranded to set and enforce gaming standards in a responsible and fair manner. The goal is to gain and sustain the trust and confidence of all operators and stakeholders in the lottery and gaming business.
“Our administration did the needful by painstakingly collaborating with the House of Assembly to initiate and pass the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority Bill of 2021, which I signed into law last April. The new law will help to institutionalise major reforms in the Lagos gaming sector and expand the scope of our lotteries and gaming authority’s operations in accordance with gaming dynamics across the globe.”
Sanwo-Olu said the agency had sustained its revenue-generating momentum since its creation in 2004 during the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, urging the management to sustain the zeal and align the vision of the new brand with the core values of his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
The Governor allayed the concerns of gaming operators and investors in the industry about the intergovernmental squabbles over the constitutional responsibilities of the Federal and State governments on the control and regulation of the gaming space.
He said the Constitution remained clear on the concurrent powers of the Federal and State governments over matters related to lotteries and gaming, assuring operators that their businesses would not be double taxed.
Sanwo-Olu advised illegal lottery and gaming operators to obtain operational licenses from the agency, warning that the Government would not hesitate to prosecute any unlicensed operators.
“With this newly rebranded agency, all the functional elements of the lotteries and gaming industry will be unlocked to create a new model of gaming in Lagos State. I charge the management to forge a transparent and formidable alliance with licensed gaming operators in the State, with a view to creating a vibrant Gaming Industry for a more prosperous and sustainable economy,” the Governor said.
Chief Executive Officer of the State’s Lotteries and Gaming Authority, Mr. Bashir Are, said the agency, under his watch, has recorded landmark achievements in regulating, protecting and promoting best practices in gaming space.
Based on its compliance with international gaming standards, Are said the agency had received ISO certification in Information Security Management System (ISO 27001) and Quality Management System (ISO 9001) in addition to becoming full member of International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) and International Gaming Standard Association (IGSA).
He said: “There are more than 56,000 full time employees and gaming agents operating in Lagos. We have deployed an automated system to monitor gaming transactions in our jurisdiction. We also launched agent registration platform to weed out swindlers from licensed agents.
“For us, the future has begun and we are excited about the unfolding development in the gaming industry. Our next goal is to focus on creating greater efficiency and sustainable economic value for the State, operators, players and relevant stakeholders in the sector.”
In the coming days, Are said the agency’s advocacy against underage and addictive gambling would be amplified with fortified policy and sustained campaign.
The Governor’s Senior Special Assistant on State Lotteries, Ms. Funmi Olotu, stressed that the successful harmonisation of all the State’s gaming regulations had not only corrected disparities in the sector, it also established a uniform framework that would be easily implemented.
Then State Lotteries and Gaming Authority Law of 2021, Olotu said, has also addressed contemporary challenges and issues that may arise from time to time.
The high point was the unveiling of the agency’s new logo and operational guidelines by the Governor with the support of representatives of licensed gaming operators.
Makinde commends Ayorinde’s commitment to Oyo on his birthday
Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has lauded the steadfastness and commitment of Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, to the state, describing the legal icon as a patriotic individual who has been making huge contributions to the progress of the state.
The governor stated this on Friday, while felicitating Ayorinde, who is the Special Counsel to the Oyo State Governor and a key member of the state’s Advisory Committee, on his birthday.
He noted that Ayorinde, as a member of the coalition of political parties that facilitated his victory in 2019, has remained a committed ally and an active member of the administration.
The governor stated that the legal luminary has not held anything back in supporting his administration’s agenda of taking the state from poverty to prosperity, adding that the legal luminary deserves to be celebrated.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as wishing the legal icon and son of a former Chief Judge of Oyo State a happy birthday filled with joy and satisfaction.
According to Makinde, Ayorinde has proven to be a dependable ally and a trustworthy son of Oyo State, who never holds back his support and dedication in working for the progress of Oyo State.
According to the governor, Ayorinde remains one of the last men standing among the chieftains of coalition parties, having surrendered the gubernatorial ticket of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to support him in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Security forces kill scores of Boko Haram, bandits in Borno, Kaduna
Combined ground and air assault by security forces killed scores of Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in Borno and Kaduna states.
The Defence Headquarters of the Nigerian military said the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole eliminated several Boko Haram terrorists in an air attack on the Wamdeo-Chul axis in the Southern part of Borno.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja said the air strike also destroyed two gun trucks belonging to the terrorists.
Enenche said the feat was achieved on Tuesday, when the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter gunships was deployed to provide close air support to ground troops as they repelled terrorists.
He said the terrorists attempted to breach the two locations when the troops repelled them.
According to him, upon sighting the NAF helicopter gunships, the terrorists, mounted on gun trucks and motorcycles, attempted to beat a hasty retreat whilst firing at the attack aircraft.
“However, they were hit by the helicopters’ barrage of rocket and cannon fire, which resulted in the immobilization of two of the gun trucks, one of which was seen engulfed in flames.
“Several of the terrorists were also neutralized in the attack, while a few others were mopped-up as the helicopters continued to strafe the fleeing insurgents.”
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government on Wednesday disclosed that armed bandits on about 50 motorcycles were sighted fleeing towards Farin Ruwa, and were struck effectively by the gunship.
The State Government disclosed that over 50 armed bandits were killed in a combined ground and air assault by security forces in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state.
The state’s commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
An official on Monday disclosing how security forces killed at least 10 bandits at Kwanan Bataru, on the outskirts of Fatika in Giwa local government area of the state.
Both Giwa and Birnin Gwari are among council areas in Kaduna in the frontline of banditry.
“In an inspiring success for the security forces, over 50 bandits have been neutralised during a combined ground and air assault in the Saulawa-Farin Ruwa axis of Birnin Gwari LGA,’ Aruwan said.
“According to operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government from the Command of the Joint Operations, a Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship provided close air support to ground troops advancing from the Dogon Dawa-Damari-Saulawa axis.
“Following extensive scans, bandits were spotted on five motorcycles, about 4km east of Saulawa, waiting to ambush the ground forces. They were engaged vigorously by the helicopter gunship, and were wiped out.
“After this, armed bandits on about 50 motorcycles were sighted fleeing towards Farin Ruwa, and were struck effectively by the gunship. Fleeing remnants were mopped up by ground forces.
“A second helicopter gunship joined the operations, and many more fleeing bandits were neutralised by precise strikes. Assessment revealed that more than 50 bandits were neutralised during the joint operation.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed his satisfaction at the operational feedback, and congratulated the ground troops and gunship crews on the rout. He urged them to sustain the momentum and bring even more bandits to their bitter end,” Mr Aruwan said in the statement.