Spouses, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates To Quit Marriage After 27 years

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Bill Gates and Melinda Gates will be ending their marriage after 27 years together. The pair made the announcement in a joint statement, explaining that they “no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives”.

Bill Gates is best known as the founder of Microsoft, and leveraged his fortune at the helm of that company working together with Melinda Gates to form the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The Gates Foundation has since grown to become one of, if not the largest charitable foundations in the world, with an endowment of almost $50 billion.

Bill had previously stepped away from his positions at Microsoft as CEO (in 2000), a full-time employee (in 2008), and a member of the company’s board in order, he claims, to better focus on philanthropy.

It’s not clear what impact the Gates’ separation will have on the Gates Foundation. According to the released statement, the Gates still both share a belief in the Gates Foundation’s mission, and “will continue our work together at the foundation” despite their separation.

While both Bill and Melinda, along with fellow multi-billionaire Warren Buffe, serve as trustees for the Gates Foundation, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman.

NDLEA Recovers Drugged Cakes, Cocaine in Plateau, Enugu Eateries

Some eateries in Jos, the Plateau capital were raided by operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) recovering freshly baked cakes made with cannabis sativa.

Mr Femi Babafemi, the agency’s Director of Media and Advocacy, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said additional 48.726 kilogrammes of assorted psychotropic substances were recovered.

Babafemi added that some of the drug joints raided included KNL Lounge located along Lamingo road and another branch along Mining Quarters, Rantya Low-Cost estate, as well as Tuscany Lounge on Azaki Ave, all within Jos metropolis.

According to him, besides the drugged cakes, called brownie, recovered from the three eateries, psychotropic substances were also seized.

He said 14kg of Barcadin Codeine; Flunitrazapem 355.5grammes; Tramadol 370.1 grammes; Exol-5, 30kg; Diazepam 2.5kg and Pentazocine 1.5 kg, totalling 48.726kg were seized.

Babafemi quoted the Plateau Commander, Mr Ibrahim Braji, as saying that five persons were arrested in connection with the seized drugs.

Babafemi said the Enugu State Command of the agency at the weekend equally raided the Nsukka axis of the state.

He said a 28-year-old lady, Oodo Ndidiamaka, was arrested with 80.23grammes of cocaine and 3.81grammes of methamphetamine.

Babafemi quoted the state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Abdul Abdullahi, as saying that the Command remained committed to unravelling other members of the drug cartel in the state.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Niger State Command of the Agency also arrested a 24-year-old 400-level student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Abel Godwin Idio.

Babafemi said he was arrested for selling two strong variants of cannabis, Arizona and loud, concealed in textbooks, adding that he was apprehended in Gidan Kwano within the vicinity of the university.

He quoted the state Commander of the Agency, Haruna Kwetishe, as saying that Abel used the inner pages of his textbooks to conceal the drugs within the campus to sell.

He stated that Abel was arrested on Friday 30th April 2021, adding that two other traffickers; Yahaya Joshua and Yahaya Audu, were arrested the previous day along Mokwa-Jebba road with 32kilogrammes of cannabis sativa.

The Chairman, NDLEA, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa commended the Plateau, Enugu and Niger Commands of the Agency for disrupting the activities of drug cartels in their respective states.

Marwa charged them to remain resolute in the pursuit of the Agency’s mandate to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.

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