Court seizes N35m, 22-room hotel from ex-NIMASA DG

A Federal High Court in Lagos has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission an interim order to seize the N35 million and a 22-room hotel seized from a convicted former acting director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Calistus Obi. Justice Saliu Saidu made the interim order following an application by EFCC counsel Mr Rotimi Oyedepo.Obi bagged seven years imprisonment on June 3 for N225million fraud. Justice Saidu adjourned hearing till Nov 4, 2019.

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Four Square sack Unilag’s ‘sex for mark lecturer’

The Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria has asked the embattled University of Lagos lecturer, Dr Boniface Igbeneghu, to step down from all ministerial assignments. Igbeneghu, who is a former sub-dean of Faculty of Arts and also head pastor of a local Foursquare Gospel Church was caught on camera sexually harassing a supposed admission seeker in his office. Reacting in a statement on Monday, the National Secretary of the church, Ikechukwu Ugbaja, dissociated the church from Igbeneghu, saying appropriate measures would be taken against him. “The attention of the leadership of…

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Unilag shut down staff club’s slaughterhouse, ‘Cold Room

The University of Lagos has shut down the “Cold Room” its Staff Club’s ‘slaughterhouse’ after the institution announced the suspension of the embattled lecturer of the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu, over sexual harassment. Igbeneghu was exposed in a documentary released by BBC Africa Eye on Monday. In the documentary, the lecturer revealed to undercover journalist, Kiki Mordi, who posed as an admission seeker, the secret place where lecturers meet to “touch students breast” at the staff club of the university. “They call the place cold room,” he said.…

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Sagay, Olorunyomi, others to speak at Akin Fadeyi’s anti-corruption App launch

The Akin Fadeyi Foundation, Conveners of the Corruption Not In My Country Project are set to launch a new mobile and web application device designed to empower Nigerians to report corruption on October 10, 2019 at the ShehuYar’Adua Centre, Abuja. The Report-Corruption-App, called FLAG’IT, a project initiated by the Akin Fadeyi Foundation is funded by the John.D and Catharine. T. MacArthur Foundation to further promote anti-corruption fight in Nigeria by working with public institutions to open us their processes for transparency, accountability and excellent service delivery. With FLAG’IT App, citizens…

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Union Bank staff in court for stealing N3.4m from customer’s account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal office, has arraigned Gladys Udia over alleged conspiracy, stealing, forgery and alteration of N3, 476,700.00. Udia was made to appear before Justice M. L. Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Portharcourt, capital of Rivers State. The anti-graft spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said this in a statement in Abuja. One of the counts read: “That you Gladys Udia and Dominic Okon a.k.a Paul (now at large) between the 24th and 31st of July, 2019, at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within…

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Sowore’s Bail Conditions Stringent -Falana

Human right lawyer, Femi Falana has described as ‘stringent’ the bail conditions granted to the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare. Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu also barred them from addressing any rally pending the conclusion of their trial on charges of treasonable felony among others. She also barred Sowore from travelling out of Abuja and the second defendant out of Osogbo, during the trial. She granted bail to Sowore in the sum of N100m with two sureties in like sum. The sureties who must be resident…

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Sowore, Bakare get N150m Abuja court bail grant

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted bail to Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare. Justice Chioma Ojukwu had fixed 4th of October for the hearing of the matter. She granted bail to Sowore in the sum of N100m with two sureties in like sum. The sureties who must be resident in Abuja must also have landed assets worth the bail sum in Abuja, and they are to deposit the original title documents of the assets with the court. The judge also ordered him to deposit the sum…

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How Maina’s son attempted shooting DSS Operatives to stop arrest

Abdulrasheed Maina, former chairman of the Pension Reform Task  Team (PRTT) has been arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS). Peter Afunanya, the spokesman of the agency, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Wednesday. He said Maina was arrested at a hotel in Abuja on September 30, 2019, saying his son attempted to open fire on the DSS operatives involved in the operation. “The arrest which was effected at the Pennsylvania Avenue Hotel, Utako, Abuja followed a request by the EFCC to the Service to assist in…

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Lagos Police uncover another baby factory

The Lagos police command says it rescued seven pregnant girls believed to be from a baby factory around Cele bus stop, Oshodi-Apapa expressway, in the early hours of Wednesday.  The police had earlier uncovered a baby factory, rescued 19 pregnant girls, and arrested two suspects in the state.  The rescue of the new set of girls, the police said, happened around 1am on Wednesday when the  Isolo police station got alerted that seven pregnant girls were seen stranded at the bus stop.  Bala Elkana, the command’s spokesman, said a team…

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Saudi Arabia, Qatar funding Boko Haram, says ex-President

Nicephore Soglo, former president of Benin Republic, has accused Saudi Arabia and Qatar of funding Boko Haram. Boko Haram has grown to constitute a threat to the Western African Region. Also, Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), which is an affiliation of the Islamic State in the Middle-East, is a potent threat to the security of the region. Soglo, who spoke at the constitutional term limits summit in Niamey, Niger Republic, organised by the National Democratic Institute, said Africans must stand united to solve their own problems. He said…

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Club sacks popular French striker for stealing N27.5m wristwatch

Nice have terminated the contract of 18-year-old striker Lamine Diaby Fadiga after he admitted stealing a 70,000-euro ($76,500) watch from team-mate Kasper Dolberg “out of jealousy”, the club said Tuesday. “My situation of failure contrasted with the success and aura of Kasper. I lashed out at him for no reason, perhaps out of jealousy,” Diaby Fadiga wrote on Twitter. The arrival of Danish forward Dolberg from Ajax this summer relegated Diaby Fadiga to the under-19s, and he had also struggled with injury. “Rather than fight on the pitch to give…

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After 76 days, N15m ransom, abductors free Siasia’s mother

The Police in Bayelsa State on Sunday confirmed that the mother of embattled ex-Super Eagles’ Coach. Samson Siasia, Mrs. Beauty Ogere Siasia, has been released by her abductors. The woman, who spent 76 days in the kidnapper’s den was kidnapped on July 15, 2018 and according to a family member, Eworikumo Siasia, the 80-year-old Madam Siasia had been freed and she is at home with family members at their Odoni country home in Sagbama Local Government Area. However, a relative of Siasia revealed that the family paid N15 million ransom…

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ICPC bursts Kashamu, recorvers 3 ambulances, 500kva transformer

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it recovered three ambulances and a 500KVA  transformer meant for constituency projects from Buruji Kashamu, a former senator who represented Ogun-east. Rasheedat Okoduwa, ICPC spokesperson, said the items were part of the 2016 constituency projects which were to be distributed to Ogun-east senatorial district. She said the commission received intelligence about the presence of the items at the location from a concerned citizen who became aware of the commission’s constituency project tracking group initiative. “They were discovered at his…

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Coza Rape Scandal: Yes! We knew about it, Fatoyinbo’s spiritual father, mentor speak out

Two notable Ilorin based pastors, Emmanuel Oset, and Busola Olotu reputed to be Pastor Fatoyinbo’s spiritual father and mentor respectively and who knew the embattled Fatoyinbo in his formative years in Ilorin, Kwara state, have made shocking confessions on the rape scandal rocking the COZA founder in the wake of a career-threatening rape allegations by Busola Dakolo. The pastors, who spoke in almost an hour interview with TV Talk show host, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, and was aired on Arise TV on Thursday night becoming an instant hit on Youtube. One of…

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Police rescue 300 chained kids and youths undergoing radicalisation Kaduna Islamic centre

The Police in Kaduna on Thursday raided a home, where they discovered 300 persons chained together in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of the state. The policemen said they unchained the 300 people, including children. The Police said the victims were from Burkina Faso, Mali and other African countries. The Police said the children had confessed to being sexually abused. The adults reportedly said they were subjected to the daily recitation of the Holy Quran and prayers, allegedly accompanied with torture. With chains on their legs and scars of injuries…

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Cultists strike in Ogun community, kill popular herbalist

Suspected cultists have invaded Odokekere, a rustic community in Ogijo. killed one Yekini Wahab during an attack on the residents of the locality, in Ogijo in the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.  The cultists were said to have also invaded the Oniburuku area of Odokekere, where they killed a herbalist, identified simply as Ifa.  It was gathered that the cultists fired into the air to create confusion before killing their targets, while also robbing residents. A resident, Chike Nnamdi, told The Punch’s correspondent that Yekini’s brother, Haruna, was…

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Charging Sowore for insulting Buhari is dictatorship -Amnesty

Global rights group, Amnesty International has lambasted the Federal government for charging Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore, with treason and insulting the President. AI, in a series of tweets on Saturday, described the move as dictatorial and unwarranted. It called on the government to immediately release him and drop all the charges. It said, “Amnesty International condemns the bizarre charges pressed on activist Omoyele for expressing his views in media interviews. “The trumped-up charges he is facing show an attempt by the Nigerian authorities to deprive him of his human…

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P&ID: Ex-NNPC topshot remanded in prison

Grace Taiga, a former director in the ministry of petroleum resources, has been remanded in Suleja prison, Niger state, over the Process & Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) deal. A high court in the federal capital territory (FCT) remanded Taiga in prison after she pleaded “not guilty” to an eight-count charge levelled against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. She is accused of receiving $20,000 as kickback in ensuring that the deal was successful.

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Ex-NNPC boss goes on trial for P&ID $9.6bn judgment

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will on Friday arraign another suspect linked to the controversial Gas Supply Project Agreement which led to the recent $9.6bn judgment given against Nigeria and in favour of Process and Industrial Developments by a British court. The suspect is a former Director, Legal Services of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga, who was said to have signed as Nigeria’s witness to the GSPA while the then minister presiding over the ministry, the late Dr. Rilwan Lukman, signed as Nigeria’s representative. A message…

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Hotel Killings: Rivers Police arrest suspect, rescue victim

Personnel of the Rivers State Police Command on Wednesday rescued a young woman, who was almost strangled in a hotel in Mile 4 axis of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. The woman, whose name could not be immediately ascertained, was said to have struggled with the man, who attempted to choke her with a pillow while she was asleep. State Police Commissioner, Mr. Mustapha Dandaura, disclosed this while speaking with scores of women protesting the serial killing of young females in hotels in some parts of the state. Our…

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See the face of woman who stabbed hubby to death over baby’s birthday money

The Lagos state police command says it has arrested 23-year-old Stella Peters for stabbing her husband, Haruna Bala, to death on September 17th after a domestic argument.According to a statement released by the spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, the couple who were not legally married, lived together at No 2 Tejuosho Avenue, Surulere Lagos, for three years and have a baby who just turned one. An argument ensued between them which turned violent and the woman used a kitchen knife to stab the man in the…

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$11m Fraud: Invictus Obi remanded in prison

Obinwanne Okeke alias Invictus Obi, the 31-year-old Nigerian held by American authorities for alleged fraud, entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of wire and computer fraud at his first hearing on Monday. The presiding judge at the Newport News, Virginia, federal courthouse, declared the case as “complex,” but said Mr Okeke should be remanded in prison until February 18, 2020 when the trial would continue. He appeared in court at about 2 p.m. and waived his right to a speedy trial. The appearance came a week after a federal grand jury examined the evidence gathered by the F.B.I. and presented by the United States…

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Stolen N400m: Maj. Gen. Otiki kicks as Lt. Gen. Adeosun heads General Court Martial

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday began the trial of the former General Officer Commanding, 8 Division, Sokoto State, Maj Gen Hakeem Otiki, over the alleged diversion of the sum of N400 million by some soldiers in the division. The trial at the General Court Martial, which sat at the Army Officers’ Mess, Asokoro, began at about 12:30pm, and is ongoing at the time of filing this report. The General Court Martial is presided over by the army’s Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Army Headquarters, Maj Gen Lamidi Adeosun. The…

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Tragedy of Nigeria’s Imelda as Diezani loses $40m jewellery to FG

Diezani Allison-Madueke is not a First Lady, but her penchant for expensive pieces of jewellery placed her on the same pedestal as Imelda Marcos, the legendary Philipino First Lady famous for her love for expensive jewelleries and shoes. A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday ordered the permanent forfeiture of a massive 2,149 pieces of jewellery and a customised gold iPhone, valued at $40m, recovered from the Abuja home of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke. In a ruling on Tuesday, Justice Nicholas Nicholas Oweibo held…

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EFCC moves against Okorocha’s family, wife and daughter to lose assets

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has obtained orders for the interim forfeiture of assets traced to a former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; his wife, Nneoma Nkechi, and their daughter. The Head, Enugu Zonal Office of the commission, Mr. Usman Imam, disclosed this on Wednesday in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the activities of the commission in the last eight months. Imam said the EFCC also obtained similar order on a property traced to a former aide to Okorocha, Mr. Paschal Obi, and the former governor’s…

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Ex-NNPC top shot, Grace Taiga on the run over P&ID’s $9.6bn fine

Riddles beclouding the 2010  ill-fated Gas Supply and Processing Agreement (GSPA) which led to the award of a $9.6billion judgment against Nigeria could have been unravelled but for the disappearance of a former legal director of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga, who was central to the negotiation between the Federal Government and P&ID. EFCC sources maintained that “the whereabouts of the former Director of Legal in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Grace Taiga was unknown. Our detectives have not been able to get across to her.…

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Wema Bank, Dana Air in EFCC trouble over alleged money laundering scam

Wema Bank Plc and Dana Air, owners of Sri Sai Vandana Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) are enmeshed in a money-laundering scam and may be prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC over Dana Air’s inflight donation collected between 2014 and 2018. Speaking on the allegations, EFCC’s acting spokesman, Tony Orilade said “The EFCC will take it up. We will investigate and prosecute the crime element once prima facie is established,” Dana started Nigeria’s Sri Sai Vandana Foundation in 1995 and commenced the inflight donation in partnership with…

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Police to charge officers who killed suspected Lagos phone thieves for murder

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested and would prosecute the four policemen who killed two suspected phone thieves in broad daylight in the Igando area of the state for murder, says Bala Elkana, the Public relations officer of the command. A viral video had surfaced on the social media on Tuesday, showing the officers manhandling, and, later, killed the suspects. Elkana identified the policemen as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara, Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu Mukaila; adding that they were attached to the Iba Police Division and…

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Wadume: How Soldiers aided my escape from Police

Suspected kidnapper, Hamisu Bala Wadume, has explained how soldiers helped him to escape from the operatives of Intelligence Response Team on August 6. Wadume escaped from the custody of IRT operatives when they came under attack from soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, as they conveyed the kidnap suspect from the scene of his arrest. The Army later explained that the soldiers attacked the IRT operatives when they mistook them for criminals, following a distress call they had received. In the said attack, three policemen and a civilian…

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Wadume, Taraba’s notorious kidnap king re-arrested

The Nigerian Police have announced the re-arrest of Hamisu Wadume, the suspected kidnap gang leader whose arrest, earlier, led to the killing of three policemen and a civilian in Taraba state by soldiers at a roadblock. According to a statement authored by Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, Wadume was re-arrested at his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano state. On August 6, 2019, some soldiers had opened fire on policemen who had earlier arrested Wadume in Ibi, Taraba, over “high-profile kidnap incidents in the state”. “The…

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Yoruba/Hausa clash shut Lagos-Abeokuta expressway

One person was seriously injured and the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway shut down as Hausa and Yoruba traders clashed at Oke-Odo Market on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Sunday. As a result of the clash, vehicles heading to Lagos from Sango in Ogun State, and those moving to Abule-Egba from Oshodi and other parts of Lagos State were trapped. As at the time of filing this report, causes of the mayhem were not yet known

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Ogun Police rescue 3 Sallah day kidnap victims

The Ogun State Police Command said that it had rescued three persons kidnapped at Ode-Omi community in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state on Sunday. A statement issued in Abeokuta by the Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the victims were rescued unhurt. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that suspected kidnappers had stormed the community on Sunday during the Eid-el Kabir celebrations, abducted the people and escaped in two speedboats. The kidnappers were said to have later contacted the families of the victims on Sunday night, demanding N30m…

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EFCC arraign Atiku’s son-in-law, lawyer for money laundering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday arraigned Abdullahi Babalele, said to be a son-in-law of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for allegedly laundering $140,000 in the build-up to the 2019 general elections. Also, Uyiekpen Osagie-Giwa, said to be Atiku’s lawyer, was separately arraigned for allegedly laundering $2m, in connection with the polls. Atiku contested against President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Both Babalele and Osagie-Giwa were arraigned before the Federal High Court in Lagos. They pleaded not guilty to the charges. Justice Nicholas Oweibo adjourned…

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Photo: Soldier who raped 300level Ondo Varsity student arraigned in court

Sunday Awolola, the soldier who allegedly raped a 300-level student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) in Ondo State, was on Wednesday arraigned at the Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo state capital. The 33-year-old soldier is charged for committing rape which is contrary to section 357 and punishable under section 358 of the criminal code cap 37 vol. Laws of the Ondo state of Nigeria. Awolola, a soldier attached to the 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, allegedly raped the student at a military checkpoint along…

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Again, gunmen invade UI female hostel

Armed men broke into Abubakar Abdulsalam post-graduate hall of residence at the University of Ibadan in the early hours of Sunday. A witness told TheCable that the incident occurred around 2 am, disclosing that laptops, jewellery and other valuables were carted away by the attackers. The witness said two male students who were not aware that the suspected robbers were operating in the hall were attacked “and it was very bloody.” He said the invaders were armed with guns, machete and axes. “It happened around 2 am. They went to…

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Police foil Lagos bank robbery, arrest gang leader

The Lagos State Police Command says it has foiled an attempted bank robbery by a suspected team of robbers in Ejigbo area of the state and arrested its ring leader with his arms. The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, stated this on Sunday in a statement. Elkana said that on Friday, August 9, at about 9.45a.m, the Ejigbo Police Station received a distress call that some armed robbers on motorcycles were operating outside the Access Bank along Egbe Road by NNPC Junction at Ejigbo. He said a…

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Killing three policemen unfortunate -Army

The Nigerian Army has explained the circumstances surrounding the killings of three police personnel and a civilian during an encounter with soldiers in Taraba state. Describing the incident as unfortunate, the army, however, said a joint committee has been put in place to further investigate the matter with a view to preventing a recurrence in the future. Its spokesman Col. Sagir Musa said in a statement that the army was responding to a distress call when it encountered the police personnel. Col Musa said: ”The attention of the Army Headquarters…

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‘Give me Bobrisky for N30m’ -Wike

Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike has promised to give N30 million to anyone with useful information that will lead to the arrest of those responsible for the death of a Director with the Rivers State Government during the crisis that erupted in Choba. A notorious criminal called Bobrisky in Gokana Local Government Area of the state has been fingered in the killing. Wike made the pledge on Thursday when he handed over 40 Patrol Vans fitted with Communication Gadgets to Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), See 4 Eye, Police Anti-Kidnapping, Police…

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‘Not my money’ -Ambode denies ownership of N9.9bn account

The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has denied ownership of the controversial N9.9bn lodged in three different accounts allegedly sealed by the EFCC. Ambode said yesterday that he has nothing to do with the bank accounts frozen by a federal court on Tuesday over an alleged N9.9 billion fraud. He said no account of his contained N9.9 billion let alone being frozen by the EFCC. A federal judge had ordered the temporary freezing of the accounts, domiciled in Zenith Bank, Access Bank, and First City Monument…

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Police name officers killed by soldiers, accuse Army of lying, demand explanations

The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday revealed the identities of its men killed by soldiers in Taraba on Tuesday. Three policemen and a civilian were shot dead by unidentified soldiers along the Ibi-Jalingo Road, Taraba State, on Saturday, in an incident that the Nigerians Army said was a case of mistaken identities. The Nigerian Army said the policemen and the civilian were mistaken for kidnappers, a claim that the Nigerian Police Force has rejected. The police have accused the Nigerian army of being insensitive and unpatriotic in the manner it…

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Ex-INEC boss, Iwu arraigned for N1.23bn fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arraigned a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Maurice Iwu, for an alleged fraud of N1.23bn. Iwu was arraigned on four counts before the Federal High Court in Lagos. In the charges, the EFCC alleged that he committed the offence in the build-up to the 2015 general elections in which President Muhammadu Buhari defeated then-incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. According to the EFCC, Iwu, between December 2014 and March 27, 2015, “aided the concealment of N1.23bn in the account of…

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Area Boy Rapes 14 year-old girl, cleaned her blood with his shirt

A 14 year-old girl, in Ikorodu area of Lagos, has narrated how she was raped at knifepoint by a man simply identified as Dolapo in a house at Fajemisi Kokoro Abu Street in Sabo, Ikorodu area of Lagos. The incident happened around 11am on Monday. According to the victim, the incident happened while she was coming back from where she had gone to buy food for her boss in the same area where she is learning hair styling. Dolapo, it was gathered works with a gas operator on Fajemisi Kokoro…

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Tekno, Producer in police custody over Lekki van strippers

Popular musician, Augustine Kelechi, aka Tekno and his video producer, Lawal Tijani, are presently in the custody of State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Lagos, over the controversial Lekki half-naked strippers dancing van. They were reportedly invited by the Lagos State Police Command over the indecent act showing four half-naked strippers dancing seductively with Tekno in a display van in traffic around the Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge last Friday night. The video clip, which had since gone viral on social media, was said to be part of a scene from Tekno’s unreleased…

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EFCC seizes Ambode’s N9.9bn

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has frozen three bank accounts containing a total of N9.9bn linked to the immediate past Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode. The EFCC, in a press statement by its spokesman, Tony Orilade, titled, ‘EFCC Secures Freezing Order on Accounts Linked to Ex-Gov. Ambode over Alleged N9.9bn Fraud’, said Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Tuesday ordered the freezing of the sum of N9.9bn belonging to the Lagos State Government. The funds are domiciled variously in…

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Kidnappers demand N50m for monarch abducted in Enugu

Barely four days a Catholic priest, Rev Father Paul Offu was shot dead, and a commercial driver, Kenneth Igwe abducted, a traditional ruler was on Thursday night kidnapped almost on the same spot. The royal father, Igwe Sunday Orji was abducted around Ogbaku-Umuogbe end of the ever-busy Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway, a shouting distance from where the Catholic cleric was shot. Spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu while confirming the story assured that the police have swung into action to rescue the monarch. However, family sources said the abductors…

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“El-Zakzaky is a terrorist” -Elder Brother

Elder brother of Sheikh Ibraheem Yakubu El-Zakzaky, the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shi’ites, Sheikh Muhammad Sani Yakoob, has reacted to the recent proscription of IMN, saying that, it was long overdue. El-Zakzaky’s elder brother, who is also the Zaria Branch Chairman of Izalatul Bid’ia wa Ikamatus sunna, told The Nation’s correspondent in an exclusive interview in Zaria, Kaduna State that the federal government should not stop at proscribing IMN but go further to disband the Shi’ite sect in its entirety. He said there is…

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Adeboye confirms RCCG Pastors’ kidnap, call for prayers

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has confirmed that five ministers of the church, on their way to the ministers’ conference were kidnapped on Thursday night. Adeboye, who said this while speaking at the Church Ministers’ Conference holding at the Redemption Camp in Ogun State, appealed to the congregation to pray for the release of the captives. He had said: “As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way…

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Rescue operations on-going as Ogun Police names 5 kidnapped RCCG pastors

Ogun Police Command has identified five persons who were abducted Thursday night at J3/J4 Area, Ogbere, on the Benin-Ijebu-Ode-Sagamu Expressway. The five passengers were said to be travelling to Lagos from the Eastern part of the country when the incident happened. The abductors reportedly emerged from the forest and forcefully stopped a commercial vehicle with registration number KW 230 XA belonging to Abia Line Transport Company and took the passengers into the forest, the Police said. The Police Public Relations Officer in Osun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, disclosed this in a…

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“Why we suspended protest” -El Zakzaky’s sect

The Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky- led Shi’ites group, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, (IMN) has apparently bowed to pressure from its recent proscription by a Federal High Court resulting from the renewed clashes with the police, as the group on Wednesday announced the suspension of its streets protests. IMN said the suspension of its protests, which it termed temporary, was out of respect for eminent people and groups, who have genuinely waded into resolving the problems. IMN, in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, said the movement suspended…

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Ogun Police burst Lagos/Ibadan expressway kidnap gang, arrest 41

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested no fewer than 41 suspects, including one strongly believed to have participated in the abduction of three staff of Lafia Hospital Ibadan along the ever-busy Lagos – Ibadan expressway last week Tuesday. A statement issued on Monday by the command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi said four other victims were also rescued along with the Lafia hospital staffers last Saturday when high powered security operatives bombarded the scene of the incident and thoroughly combed the adjourning bush. Though he declined to give…

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