Author: Francis Francis

Justice C.A. Balogun of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Monday, adjourned further hearing in the trial of Abubakar Ali Peters, Chairman, Nadabo Energy, and his company, who are standing trial for an alleged N1.4 billion subsidy fraud, to January 26, 2021. Peters and his company, Nababo Energy Limited, were arraigned on December 10, 2012 for offences bordering on obtaining money by false pretences, forgery and use of forged documents to the tune of N1, 464, 961, 978.24. The defendant allegedly obtained the money from the Federal Government by falsely claiming that it represented the subsidy accrued…

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Justice Abiodun Akinyemi of the Ogun State High Court, Abeokuta, on Friday convicted and sentenced Adejare Sonde, a former staff of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Abeokuta branch, to four years in prison for stealing money belonging to the Microfinance Bank of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. The ex-banker was prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Finacial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on four counts of stealing. The offence is contrary to Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Laws Cap. C30, Laws of Ogun State, 2006 and punishable under the same section. The convict who arrested…

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The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of five internet fraudsters before Justice Sherifah Solebo, Justice Mojisola Dada and Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos. The convicts are: Onyenwe Toluwalase Onyeka, Olaogun Badmus, Olakunle Abeigbe, Michael Preye Obi and Abua James. They were arrested in different parts of Lagos by operatives of the Commission and subsequently arraigned on separate charges bordering on possession of documents containing false pretences, to which they all initially pleaded “not guilty.” The defendants, who all confessed their involvement…

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A criminal court in Minya, Upper Egypt, has acquitted three men accused of assaulting Mrs Suad Thabet, a Christian, in May 2016. The three men were accused of attacking, beating and stripping Mrs  Thabet, 72, from the village of Al-Karm. They were alleged to have been part of a mob that attacked the Christian community in Al-Karm after Mrs Thabet’s son was accused of having a relationship with a divorced Muslim woman. The men were initially sentenced to ten years in prison, but this sentence was suspended when the presiding judge resigned. After repeated delays in Mrs Thabet’s case, in which it was returned…

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The Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of two lawyers, Sogo Akinola and Feranmi Akinluyi, before Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos. The convicts were arraigned sometime in October 2018 on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences and stealing to the tune of N24m. One of the counts reads: “ That you, Sogo Akinola and Feranmi Akinluyi, between 13th October, 2016 and 13th November, 2016 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable court, with intent to defraud,…

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The Lagos State Government has revamped its Strategic Transport Master Plan in a bid to bolster economic growth and development in line with the smart city goal of the present administration. The Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, who disclosed this in his keynote address at the 2nd Edition of the Lagos Transport Fest 2020, stated that revamping the plan was required to address the current transportation challenges by identifying facilities and services necessary to manage the dynamics of Lagos as a Smart City. According to him, “Transportation plays a crucial role in urban development by providing access to education,…

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office, have arrested an undergraduate: Nnamdi Henry Chimezulem a.k.a. Dessey Marvel, for running a phony investment scheme and in the process, defrauding his victims a sum of N850,000 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only). In a statement on Wednesday, the EFCC said he was arrested December 3, at Omuoda Lane, Aluu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State based on the claims of a petitioner alleging his fraudulent dealings through his firm: Skyworld Investment Limited. One of Chimezulem’s victims: Ukoro Blessing alleged that, sometime in July 2020, he approached her…

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The trial of a self-styled herbalist, Alfa Jamiu Isiaka, who allegedly impersonated the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina and a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru, to defraud a South Korean National, Keun Sig Kim to the tune of N30million, resumed on Tuesday with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, recalling its star witness, Dare Folarin. The 31-year-old Alfa, while parading as senior government official deceived the foreign national to collect various sums of money to the tune of N30million under the pretext of securing for…

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The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to review the State’s Child Rights Law, 2015, just as it emphasized the need for children to know their rights early in life. The Solicitor-General/Permanent Secretary, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey, stated this in her address at the Essay and Debate competition organised for School Pupils as part of activities to celebrate the Y2020 Human Rights Day with the theme “Recover Better, Stand Up For Human Rights”. She said that Human Rights Day is observed globally to educate people on their rights as enshrined in the Constitution saying, “For the Children, we have legislation, the…

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Department of State Services, DSS, have pledged to deepen collaboration in a bid to fight all manners of graft in Nigeria. The two agencies also agreed to strengthen support towards achieving the common objective of national safety and security. The Ilorin Zonal Head of the EFCC, Oseni Oluwasina Kazeem, disclosed this on Tuesday while playing host to the State Director, DSS, Patrick Ikenweine, at the Commission’s Office, Ilorin. Kazeem, who decried the rate at which corruption had permeated every sector of Nigeria’s system noted that the cankerworm could only be tamed through…

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Nigerian rapper, Iceberg Slim has taken to social to question why men brag about sleeping with numerous women, noting that it is better to sleep with one woman and satisfy her than multiple women. Iceberg who was once in a relationship with popular Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim said following the complexity of women, it’s better to brag about being able to keep one woman. He wrote: Why is it ‘bragging rights’ for men to say they’ve slept with multiple women?! Sex is easy…sex is cheap. However, given the complexity of women.. Shouldn’t men brag about being able to keep/satisfy ONE…

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The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved financing for a $14.96 million project to help women in Sudan access finance and grow their businesses. The Accelerating Women’s Entrepreneurship and Access to Finance (AWEAF) project will address capacity, financing, and knowledge gaps for Sudan’s women entrepreneurs. The financing comes in the form of a grant. The project aims to help women to access quality business development services and financing as well as improving the quality of services provided by financial institutions serving women entrepreneurs in Sudan’s Khartoum and Red Sea states. “This approval shows that the African…

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The African Development Bank’s Desert to Power (D2P) project drew strong support during the 4th Africa Energy Marketplace event held December 8-10 to share progress and developments around what is one of the institution’s flagship initiatives. The virtual event, themed Unlocking the Solar potential of the G5 Sahel Countries, provided Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger the opportunity to present their roadmaps for the rollout of D2P and to engage with a range of stakeholders on implementation, needed reform, and priorities.  “The approach of the Desert-to-Power programme is in line with the vision of the G5 Sahel countries and is commendable…

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In line with the submissions at the just concluded First Real Estate Market Place Conference and Exhibitions in Lagos, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Housing, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, has said that the housing sector can serve as an important contributor to the nation’s GDP, support job creation and provide social benefits to Nigerians as a whole. The Special Adviser, who stated this in her closing remark at the just-concluded two-day event held in Lagos, submitted that addressing the housing deficit will have a game-changing impact on our society and communities when compared with other less important sectors…

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The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has announced plans to temporarily close the Nigerian Breweries level crossing for construction works on the tracks in continuation of the Nigerian Railway Modernisation Project. A statement issued on Monday said the Breweries level crossing will be closed from 10:00 pm on Friday, 18th to 4:00 am on Monday, 21st of December, 2020, as the Construction Company, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) Nigeria Limited will continue another round of construction work at the Breweries Level Crossing as a follow up to the recent Gaskiya/Badia track laying work. It, therefore, implored motorists to utilise…

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The Lagos Zonal Head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has disclosed that about 140 cybercriminals were arrested in the zone over a period of three months. He said 38 cybercriminals, including seven girls, were arrested on a particular day during one of the raids in some parts of the state. Speaking on a radio pragramme, Sadiq and the Guru on Lagos Talks 91.3FM, on Monday, Bawa further lamented that cybercriminals were not contributing genuinely to the economy of the country. According to him, “we have carried out a series of investigations regarding computer-related fraud. “We…

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Justice Bello Duwale of the Sokoto State High Court, sitting in Sokoto has convicted and sentenced three top officials of the Sokoto Medical and Health Workers Union: Ibrahim Dan-Dede, Suleiman Ibrahim and Habibu Musa, to two years imprisonment without an option of fine for obtaining Three Million Three Hundred Thousand Naira (N3,300, 000.00) by false pretence. The convicts were prosecuted by the Sokoto Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a two-count charge. Count one reads: “That you Ibrahim Dan-Dede while being the Chairman, Suleiman Ibrahim while being the Secretary and Habibu Musa while being Treasurer…

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, have arrested one Williams Michael Ogwezi, also known as Dr. Williams, for parading himself as a staff of the Commission to defraud his unsuspecting victims. The suspect, a member of a syndicate that specializes in forging identity cards of the Commission as well as those of other law enforcement agencies, was arrested in Lagos, following a report received by the Commission from the Nigeria Police Area Command. Ajah, Lagos Investigation revealed that the suspect had defrauded one of his victims, a lady, of jewelry valued at N10, 000,000.00…

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A 23 year-old HND 1 Student of the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State, Oladipo Opeyemi Juwon was on Thursday sentenced to nine months imprisonment by Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin over his involvement in internet scam. The sentence followed his arraignment by the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a three-count charge bordering on cheating and attempted to cheat contrary to and punishable under Section 324 of Penal Code Law of Kwara State. Count one of the charges reads: “That you, Oladipo Opeyemi Juwon, sometime in the…

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The Lagos office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction and sentencing of five illegal oil thieves to one year imprisonment each before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos The convicts, who are all Indian nationals, are: Visal Guleria, Pranjal Singh, Rahul Pathania, Akash Kumar and Sahil Sharma. They were arrested by officers of the Nigerian Navy Ship NNS Beecroft , Alaka, Lagos on January 31, 2020, aboard the vessel, MV Bount carrying 45.9 MT of Automotive Gas Oil, AGO, with no relevant documentation and subsequently handed over to…

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An American woman, Janine Sanchez Reimann, 46, has found the love of her life and is presently in Kano State to marry a 23-year-old Kano State indigene, Suleiman Isah. Sahara Reporters noted that an invitation card they obtained has it that the Wedding Fatiha is to be held on Sunday, December 13, in the Gasau Panshekara area of Kano State. It would be recalled that the relationship trended earlier in the year on social media as many Nigerians expressed concerns over their age and race. Reports have it that Janine is a chef based in Lindon, California. It was gathered…

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A green pandemic recovery could cut up to 25 per cent off predicted 2030 greenhouse gas emissions and bring the world closer to meeting the 2°C goal of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report finds. UNEP’s annual Emissions Gap Report 2020 finds that, despite a dip in 2020 carbon dioxide emissions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is still heading for a temperature rise in excess of 3°C this century. However, if governments invest in climate action as part of pandemic recovery and solidify emerging net-zero commitments with strengthened pledges at the next climate meeting –…

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Nothing in the world feels as good as sinking into a hot tub at the end of a long day. And nothing in the world is quite as frustrating as being unable to enjoy your hot tub because it is not working properly, or the water is dirty. The solution? Regular cleaning and maintenance. Staying on top of simple repairs and hiring a hot tub cleaning service when necessary can make all the difference in the world. Ultimately, it means nothing will stand between you and your well-deserved hot tub relaxation. Hiring a hot tub cleaning service can save you time,…

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The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to commission its Affordable Public Housing Scheme in Idale, Badagry, on Friday, as part of efforts towards reducing the Housing deficit across the State. The Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, who disclosed this today during a media chat in Alausa, stated that the housing scheme constructed by the State Government, in collaboration with Echostone Development Nigeria Limited, has 252 units of two-bedroom bungalows on an expanse of 12.5 hectares in Idale, Badagry. According to him “The Estate, which is one of the several initiatives of the Ministry of Housing, was borne out…

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The Executive Secretary of Lagos State Law Reform Commission, Mrs. Ade Adeyemo has restated that it is an offense to use residential premises as morgues, embalmment centers or burial sites in order to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases in the State. Speaking on the activities, achievements and impact of the Lagos State Law Reform Commission since its establishments on a Lagos Television interview programme “Lagos Today”, Adeyemo stressed that the Commission is tasked with the onerous responsibility of updating and reviewing laws that address immediate and peculiar needs of Lagosians at every point in time. According to her, “The…

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The Makurdi Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday arraigned one Patience Simon Robert before Justice Simon O. Aboki of the Nasarawa State High Court, Lafia for alleged impersonation and obtaining money by false pretences. Robert ran into trouble following a petition from a victim who alleged that she collected N1.5million from him under the pretext of helping his children secure a job in the EFCC. Investigations show that the defendant who was arrested while posing as an EFCC officer is deep into the business of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public with propositions for…

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African countries must strengthen governance and international partnerships, while also making better use of abundant natural resources to accelerate economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 period, the International Forum on African Leadership said. “We owe it to posterity to leverage the partnerships that we have and forge new ones to expedite the resurgence of our economies,” said Lazarus Chakweras, President of the Republic of Malawi, during the forum, which was organized by African Leadership Magazine on Friday 5 December. African leaders must be at their creative best to secure critical global partnerships and to drive the continent’s economic resurgence, said Chakweras, adding that…

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The Nitto ATP Finals draw, featuring the top 8 ranked players on the ATP Tour this season, is finally out! And with the much-anticipated action set to get underway on November 15 at the O2 Arena in London, the stage is set for the special and unique, year-end tournament which acts as a curtain-dropper for any given annual ATP season. As with every season, it’s a stellar, star-studded line-up that descends on the UK capital, encompassing the best and brightest stars in the game today along with the year’s best performers: from tournament regulars and stalwarts of the game Novak…

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As part of the activities of the Lagos State Government to ensure the safety of lives and improve sanity on Lagos roads during the festive period and beyond, the Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI) has taken its safety enlightenment awareness campaign to lgando/lkotun axis of the State. In her opening remarks at the event, the General Manager, LASDRI, Mrs Afusat Tiamiyu said bringing of the sensitisation campaign to the area was informed by its strategic location as well as the large concentration of motor parks along the corridor. Tiamiyu said it became imperative to bring all the professional drivers in…

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The Benin Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of Azeez Oriire Paul ( a.k.a Quineeth Chynaberry Laty) an internet fraudster on a one-count charge bordering on intent to defraud before Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Warri, Delta State. Paul had sometime in 2017 sent fraudulent electronic messages to one Umudi Elvis Kigho, which he relied upon and caused him to suffer the loss of Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira( N350,000). The count reads: “that you Azeez Oriire Paul (a.k.a Qu Chynaberry Laty) sometime in December 2017 at Warri,…

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