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Sanwo-Olu appoints top PR strategist, Segun Fafore as executive assistant on new media

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Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday appointed Mr. Olusegun Michael Fafore as executive assistant on New Media and Public Relations.

Fafore, before now was the consultant-in-chief of Reputation Plus Limited, the company he floated few years ago after a career full of achievements with tireless dedication with NestOil Limited.

A versatile communications professional with expertise in public affairs, issues and crisis communications, public relations and stakeholder engagement, Fafore is a wordsmith defined by the penchant for creating narratives for brands and institutions. Over the years, he had assisted leading brands and institutions in Nigeria tell their stories, and created alluring personae for notable Nigerians.

He also specialises in Corporate PR, Financial PR, Media Relations, Stakeholders Management, Communication and Campaign Planning, Crisis communications and Content Development. As a highly resourceful PR practitioner, he has contributed immensely to the growth of many of these organisations he had worked for.

With his natural smile dimpled face, Segun has advised notable Nigerians in public and private sectors, and contributed to nurturing of some Nigeria’s leading brands and institutions to global admiration with his clinical approach to campaign execution.

At Nestoil, Fafore led the company’s external communications and stakeholders’ engagement initiatives. He developed strategic plans for the Corporate Communications Department to facilitate the achievement of organizational goals. He also guided corporate communication team members towards successful execution of integrated communications and corporate social responsibility agenda. Aside this, Fafore supervised the research, development and implementation of a communication strategy, standards and practices organisational-wide that elicited as well as promoted the ethos of the organisation.

He also analyzed stakeholder research findings as part of developing a compelling vision for the Corporate Communications Department. He established a knowledge management system to facilitate continuity at each level of the Corporate Communications Department.

Before joining Nestoil, Fafore was Head, Public Affairs at Access Bank where he spent 10 years of his professional communications career, which began after earning a B. A. (Hons) Second Class Upper degree in English, from Obafemi Awolowo University.

While at Access Bank, he was an integral member of the industry-defining communications team that managed the bank’s capital-raising exercises in 2004 and 2007, and played significant role in cultivating and nurturing the bank’s relationship with the media, through professionalism and ingenuity. He was also instrumental to the design and implementation of the bank’s pan-African communication strategy, implemented across the bank’s locations and helped in managing the bank’s M&A communications as well as its only leadership succession communications so far.

Fafore is an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University, where he obtained his B.A. (Hons) English with second class upper division from 1994 –1999. He also attended Rutgers Business School (2015 – 2015) ‘Mini MBA’ in the Field of Social Media Marketing. He was also at University of Leeds (2014 to 2015) where he bagged Masters of Arts (M.A) in the field of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. He also had diploma in Public Relations and graduated with distinction from 2010 to 2011 (Chartered Institute of Public Relations).

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Sowore: Falana replies DSS, says DG has stopped taking his calls

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Femi Falana, senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has said that though he has an official relationship with the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, the secret police boss has stopped answering his calls over Omoyele Sowore.
Falana said this while responding to the an earlier statement of Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS.

Afunanya had accused Falana of playing to the gallery rather than reaching Bichi.

In his response, Falana admitted that he he has an official relationship with the DSS DG but said Bichi has refused to speak with him since the agency refused to release Omoyele Sowore, his client who is the convener of the Revolution Now Movement, despite a court order granting him bail.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no condition is attached to the order of the federal high court for the release of both detainees. Therefore, the SSS is aggravating the felony of contempt of court by asking sureties who had been verified by the trial court to report in its office for an illegal verification,” Falana said.

“In view of the reckless insinuations of the SSS I am compelled to point out that my colleagues and I did not risk our lives for the purpose of  substituting military dictatorship for civilian autocracy. It is pertinent to point out that suspects who were presumed innocent under the defunct military junta were not exposed to the crude intimidation that has become the lot of Sowore and Bakare.

“Even when five of us were charged with treasonable felony in May 1992 we were released after we had met the bail conditions.  On that occasion, the SSS never asked our sureties to report after they had  been verified by the trial court. I demand for nothing less for my clients  under the current political dispensation which ought to be anchored on the Rule of Law.

“I confirm that I have an official relationship with the DG of SSS. But since the commencement of the case of Sowore and Bakare the DG has refused to pick my calls while I have since become a persona non grata in the office of the SSS. With respect to the baseless allegation that I am playing to the gallery by demanding for the release of my clients in line with the valid and subsisting order of a competent law court I shall take appropriate action under the law.

He asked the secret police to release Sowore and Olawale Bakare, also an activist, from “illegal custody and should stop exposing the country to unwarranted ridicule.”

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We can only release Sowore to his sureties, says DSS

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DSS DG, Bichi

The Department of State Services (DSS) says it is ready to release Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement.

Sowore was arrested in Lagos on August 3 and subsequently flown to Abuja where he has been detained.

A federal high court in Abuja had granted him bail but the activist is yet to regain freedom even after fulfilling his bail conditions.

This had prompted a nationwide outrage and protest at the headquarters of the agency. There were reports of assault on the protesters on Tuesday.

But in a statement sent to The Witness on Wednesday, Peter Afunanya, spokesman of the DSS, said operatives of the agency, did not open fire on protesters but prevented those who wanted to forcefully break into the agency to release Sowore.

Read the full statement below:

The Department of State Services (DSS) wishes to state that its operatives did not open fire on alleged protesters who had stormed its facility on 12th November, 2019.

As a normal global security practice, the operatives stood in defence of their facility when some group of persons made unruly attempts to forcefully break into the place and effect the release of Omoloye SOWORE.

Despite serial and unwarranted provocations, the Service, as a professional and responsible Organisation, did not shoot at the so called protesters. It could not have done so.

For emphasis, the Service reiterates its avowed readiness to release SOWORE once the processes are concluded. It maintains that the appropriate persons have still not turned up to take delivery of SOWORE.

While all those that have so far shown up are not directly concerned with the matter and therefore unqualified, many others have either chosen to grandstand or politicise it to achieve hidden interests.

In the last few days, the Service has continued to witness deliberate campaigns of calumny, threats and aspersions against it. It will not, for any reason, join issues with its mudslingers. The media is called upon to be neutral and remain champions of the truth.

It is only appropriate that those who stood surety for SOWORE present themselves and have him released to them. It is even more disappointing that Femi FALANA, who is a senior lawyer, would wrongly guide his client and supporters. He is rather playing to the gallery and mobilizing miscreants to subvert the Service and other state authorities. He has excellent relationship with the DGSS. But in the circumstance, he has refused to reach out to him over the case like he had on previously related ones.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Service restates its commitment to the rule of law and particularly respect to the Court. It, therefore, calls for calm but states that it will not be intimidated or harassed into hasty actions.

It reassures the public that it will not waste a second to release SOWORE if the proper processes are followed. And FALANA, sure, knows what these are.

Peter Afunanya, Ph.D
Public Relations Officer,
Department of State Services,
National Headquarters,
Abuja
13th November, 2019

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APC suspends Edo gov, deputy, SSG over alleged anti-party activities

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Leaders of the All Progressives Congress APC, in Edo State have suspended the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, his deputy governor, Philip Shuaibu and the Secretary to the state Government, Osarodion Ogie for alleged anti party activities.

A chieftain of the party, Mr. Patrick Ikhariale stated this while briefing journalists in Benin City on Wednesday.

Details later.

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