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SHOCKING: NGO’s, CSOs used to fund terrorism – Reps

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In spite of the public outcry trailing the impending passage of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) regulation bill by the House of Representatives, the lower chamber has said it is determined to pass the bill because some of the NGOs are used to fund terrorism and insurgency in the country.

The deputy majority leader of the House, Hon. Umar Buba Jibril (APC, Kogi), who made the position of the House known in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday said the intendment of the new NGO bill was to forestall alleged illegal activities of some NGOs that disappeared after collecting funds from people.

“The NGOs bill, therefore, is primarily to set up a commission to regulate their activities and provide a platform for robust relationships between them and the government for the interests of Nigerians.

He disclosed that “recent developments have shown that; some people registered NGOs, solicited for funds and disappeared. That happened recently in the North-east. Some NGOs are used to fund the activities of terrorist and insurgents”.

According to him, the bill “is to ensure transparency and accountability in the ways and manners the NGOs collect money and use them for Nigerians”.

Explaining further, Jibril noted that “the NGOs bill is not new or peculiar to Nigeria. It exists in many countries particularly in the ECOWAS sub-region and all over Africa and other continents. In Europe, Israel passed theirs last year! Kenya has a similar law since 1990.

He warned that “Nigeria is and should not be a banana republic where anything goes”.

Jibril stressed that religious bodies and organisations are not NGOs adding that “our quasi-financial institutions at local levels are not NGOs! These organisations have existed for centuries to serve businesses and commerce of our market women and traders.

“Now NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) are voluntary organisations that are registered to partner government at all levels to fill gaps wherever they exist. They are supposed to be partners in progress with the government; therefore the need for a commission to serve this purpose arises.

“Secondly and naturally for them to carry out their activities, the NGOs and CSOs solicit for funds from all over the world and collect billions of naira on behalf of Nigerians!

“Thirdly they recruit expatriates to help them run their activities in the country with lots of abuses”

Recall that the bill has received bashing from a cross-section of individuals and civil society organisations prominent among which are SERAP and a former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, who described the proposed legislation as unnecessary.

But Hon. Jibril dismissed such criticisms saying “the way the NGOs are reacting to this wonderful and well-packaged bill particularly SERAP is not only shameful but condemnable”.

Adding, he said “The Nigerian parliament is an institution governed by rules and traditions. When a bill is for public hearing you go there and present your views like other interested Nigerians and invited cooperate bodies and government agencies for the standing committee to do justice to the bill. Period!

“Going on cheap propaganda and blackmail and even calling on World bodies including the United Nations to help you withdraw a bill from our National Assembly will not help you”

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US: How Nigerian scammers duped Japanese woman of $.2m

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The United States’ Department of Justice has released details of how some Nigerian fraudsters operating outside of Los Angeles and in Nigeria, fraudulently dispossessed a Japanese woman of $200,000, an equivalent of N70 million.

The woman, simply identified as J.K, was a victim of an online romance scam.

According to the DoJ, J.K had thought she was in conversation with a US Army captain, Terry Garcia, stationed in Syria.

Over the course of 10 months, J.K exchanged daily messages with supposed Garcia and ended up losing $200,000.

In the elaborate scheme to swindle F.K of her money, the scammer who had impersonated the American captain told the woman that he had found a bag of diamonds in Syria and would want to smuggle it out of the country.

He introduced J.k to supposed associate and Red Cross representative to legitimize his claims.

This Red Cross representative would later inform J.K that Gracia had been injured but had given him the box of diamond.

F.K. eventually made 35 to 40 payments, receiving as many as 10 to 15 emails a day directing her to send money to accounts in the U.S. Turkey and the United Kingdom through the captain’s many purported associates.

The fraudsters even threatened her with arrest if she did not continue to pay and at one point she travelled to Los Angeles because she was told a Russian bank manager had embezzled more than $33,000 of her funds.

This was part of the indictment on the 77 Nigerians accused of online fraud and money laundering.

Reacting to the incident, Nick Hanna. United States Attorney for the Central District of California, said: “We believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in US history. We are taking a major step to disrupt these criminal networks.”

The indictment was a result of about three years’ investigation.

“F.K. was and is extremely depressed and angry about these losses,” the federal complaint states.

“She began crying when discussing the way that these losses have affected her.”

United States’ authorities arrested 14 defendants on Thursday, mostly in the Los Angeles area.

US officials said they are also working with security outfits of other nations to bring the culprits not in America to justice.

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US: How Nigerian scammers duped Japanese woman of $.2m

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The United States’ Department of Justice has released details of how some Nigerian fraudsters operating outside of Los Angeles and in Nigeria, fraudulently dispossessed a Japanese woman of $200,000, an equivalent of N70 million.

The woman, simply identified as J.K, was a victim of an online romance scam.

According to the DoJ, J.K had thought she was in conversation with a US Army captain, Terry Garcia, stationed in Syria.

Over the course of 10 months, J.K exchanged daily messages with supposed Garcia and ended up losing $200,000.

In the elaborate scheme to swindle F.K of her money, the scammer who had impersonated the American captain told the woman that he had found a bag of diamonds in Syria and would want to smuggle it out of the country.

He introduced J.k to supposed associate and Red Cross representative to legitimize his claims.

This Red Cross representative would later inform J.K that Gracia had been injured but had given him the box of diamond.

F.K. eventually made 35 to 40 payments, receiving as many as 10 to 15 emails a day directing her to send money to accounts in the U.S. Turkey and the United Kingdom through the captain’s many purported associates.

The fraudsters even threatened her with arrest if she did not continue to pay and at one point she travelled to Los Angeles because she was told a Russian bank manager had embezzled more than $33,000 of her funds.

This was part of the indictment on the 77 Nigerians accused of online fraud and money laundering.

Reacting to the incident, Nick Hanna. United States Attorney for the Central District of California, said: “We believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in US history. We are taking a major step to disrupt these criminal networks.”

The indictment was a result of about three years’ investigation.

“F.K. was and is extremely depressed and angry about these losses,” the federal complaint states.

“She began crying when discussing the way that these losses have affected her.”

United States’ authorities arrested 14 defendants on Thursday, mostly in the Los Angeles area.

US officials said they are also working with security outfits of other nations to bring the culprits not in America to justice.

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  • Few bad eggs not true representation of Nigeria –NIDCOM

 

Nigerians living in the United States who were recently charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a $46 million fraud have been told to give themselves up to the law enforcement agency or face extradition according to international treaty between both countries.

The FBI had on Thursday, announced a massive bust of online fraudsters who are mostly Nigerians. According to the FBI, a total of 80 suspects have been apprehended for cyber crime and money laundering, with 57 more being hunted globally in investigations which began since 2016. It said the suspects were involved in schemes resulting in the fraudulent transfer of at least $6 million in fraudulently obtained funds and the overall conspiracy was responsible for the attempted theft of at least an additional $40 million. Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, gave the advice yesterday, while condemning the action of the indicted Nigerians. She said the indicted Nigerians should be given the opportunity to defend themselves as every suspect remains innocent until proven guilty. Dabiri- Erewa said while the alleged involvement of these Nigerians ultimately have negative effect on the image of the country, the actions of a few Nigerians involved in criminal activities must not be the measure of what the majority of Nigerians represent.

The statement read as follows: “The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is deeply concerned about the news of the court indictment of 80 persons, mainly Nigerians, in various parts of the US, being accused in separate FBI cases of massive email fraud and money laundering. “Prior to the court indictment of these eighty persons, of which Valentine Iro and Chukwudi Christogunis Igbokwe, are lead suspects, Obinwanne Okeke had earlier been arrested in Virginia.

“We acknowledge the fact that accusation does not mean guilt, and we hope that all the accused will be given fair and speedy trial. “We also ask those accused in Nigeria to voluntarily turn themselves in, to American authorities to clear their names, without which the Nigerian government should extradite them if relevant international treaties between the two governments are invoked. “While such actions ultimately have negative effect on the image of the country, the Commission however reiterates as it has always done, that the actions of a few Nigerians involved in criminal activities is not and can never be what the majority of Nigerians represent.

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MY ESCAPE STORY, BY WADUME

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The kidnap kingpin, Alhaji Bala Hamisu aka Wadume, (33), has further revealed that his handcuffs and leg chain were cut off by a welder, who was invited by the army captain, who ordered the attack on operatives of the Inspector General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT), leading to the death of three IRT Operatives and two civilians. According to Wadume, this was done moments after he reached the captain’s quarters.

He disclosed that before the captain invited the welder to do the needful, he had earlier called the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) in charge of Ibi Police Division to bring keys to unlock the handcuffs and leg chain. Recalling the events like it was yesterday, Wadume said: “On the day of my arrest, I was seating at a tea joint when some policemen came to me. They introduced themselves and showed me their identity cards. I followed them. When I entered their vehicle, they handcuffed and leg chained me.

“He continued: “While we were on our way to Wukari, we got to the first check point, some soldiers flagged down the policemen. The policemen presented their identity cards. The second check point was manned by mobile policemen.

“The policemen drove pass that point without any hassle. Trouble started at the third check point, which was controlled by soldiers. Three policemen alighted from the van to show their ID cards. “We continued on our journey, but less than five minutes after we left the third check point, we started hearing sounds of gunshots.

We looked back, it was the soldiers; they were firing at us. “The van suddenly summersaulted. I crawled out of the vehicle and saw all the policemen alive. While I was trying to leave the scene, two soldiers came to pick me. I then heard the soldiers shooting at the policemen. I even sustained a bullet wound from the shooting. “I was taken straight to the captain’s house.

The DCO of Ibi division came to meet us at the captain’s house. The captain asked the DCO to go and get the key for the handcuffs. He left, but never returned. The captain then called a welder, who used a saw to cut off the handcuff and leg chain. I also sustained some injuries in the process.”

Wadume said that it was after he came out from the army’s house, that he saw the corpses of the policemen and the civilians and became troubled. According to him: “I came out from the captain’s house and saw the corpses of the policemen and their agents at the front of the captain’s house.

I became very disturbed. I pretended like I wanted to go and urinate and escaped from the scene. “I called Audul, who is my boy, and he took me on his motorcycle to Ungwachiki Town in Ibi Local Government. I passed the night in the home of Meito, my friend. But while I was there, some soldiers came to Meito’s house and started searching for me.

They were armed with guns, machetes and axes. I believe they wanted to kill me. I don’t know how they got information that I was in that house, but I managed to escape through the window and fled to the river bank at about 8pm, where I boarded a speedboat to Tunga village in Nasarawa State. “I spent a night in Nasarawa State and boarded a commercial bus to Kano State. I had N500, 000 with me while I was on the run; I took the money to my un-cle’s house, where I went to hide in Kano. “While I was hiding, I instructed one of my bothers in Ibi to go to my house and remove all my rifles. My cousin brought an idea that I needed some journalists to help me write favourable reports, that I should pay them N3million.”

The police have since recovered four among the hidden rifles from Wadume’s relatives. It was also gathered that some of the intelligent reports on the alleged activities of Wadume, leading to the police tracking and arresting him were facilitated by one of his blood brothers.

Before Wadume’s started cooperating with the police on their investigation, however, the police had earlier arrested one of his gang members. The police then decided to use him as an informant and a mole in Wadume’s gang.

He was released after he agreed to cooperate with the police. But after his release, he went to Wadume, and lied to him that he was asked to get N1million from him by the police, so that they would stop hunting for him. The alleged kingpin bought the story and gave him the N1million but the man disappeared with the money. Wadume, who said that he was married to four wives and has only four children as against reports of many children, added that he dropped out of Government Secondary School, Ibi when he was in Junior Secondary School (JSS3). He said: “After I dropped out, I started fishing at the River Benue, which flows through Ibi town.

This was in 1996. I did fishing for six years, but in 2002, I went into fishpond business. “I used to buy fingerlings for N30 per one; I would train them for five months and sell them between N600 and N700. I started small, with just two small ponds. But I went on to get five more big ponds.”

While narrating his story, Wadume digressed into roles he played in politics. He explained that it was after he went into the world of politics that he took to crime. This was also as he disclosed that he defrauded some politicians.

His words: “I went into crime after some politicians approached me through a friend, Babaginda Musa. My friend was into fishing too. I was introduced into politics by Honourable Haruna Maintable, who contested for the state house of assembly during the 2015 general elections.

“He gave me vehicle and I campaigned for him. He won and later gave me N300, 000 and the vehicle we used in the campaign.” He explained that prior to the 2019 election, in June 2018, he fooled many politicians contesting for different political offices.

He was able to make them believe he had spiritual powers, which he could use to make them win elections. Many of them bought the pack of lies. Interestingly, one of his victim is the present governor of his state. According to him: “I also defrauded the present governor. When the governor came to Ibi, he met youths in my town, and as the leader of the youth, the governor came to me. “I promised to work for him. I also promised to consult some mallams to pray for his success. The governor gave me N2 million on that day and we exchanged phone numbers. A week before the election, the governor called and asked me to meet him at government house. “When I got there, he gave me N4 million cash, saying that I should continue praying for him. After the election, the governor called and thanked me.’’ Beside the governor, he confessed to defrauding a top civil servant in the state: ‘‘I also defrauded a top civil servant. He is from Ibi; I defrauded him of the sum of N30 million.

I was also given N13 million by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pursue the 2019 presidential election. I spent only N7 million. “I contested for the Taraba State House of Assembly under the YDP Ibi Local Government. I pulled out of the election and took my supporters to support the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).” One of the persons arrested along with the kidnap kingpin is Mr. Kawu Mohammed Kasuwa (30), a civil servant from Ibi, Taraba State, who said he works with Ibi Local Government. He explained that he was an executive officer, with the administrative department. He gave insight into his relationship with Wadume: “Wadume is my uncle. He is my mother’s younger brother.

I was arrested in Zaria because I made efforts to get journalists to write a favourable story in support of my uncle, who was being hunted by the police. It wasn’t my idea, but that one of my uncle residing in Lagos State. “His name is Ismalia Jita; he called and said that he wasn’t happy with all the bad publicity uncle Wadume was getting since the incident occurred. He wanted me to raise some money to give to reporters so that they could come down to Ibi and speak with the indigenes, and get a proper story about the incident, which would be favourable to Wadume. “I asked for N3 million. I gave the money to my brother, Awal, who knew how the money was paid to the media outfit. I was arrested in Zaria while the police were looking for my uncle, Wadume. I took them to my uncle, Awal’s house in Abuja.”

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APC governors, NWC meet over party crisis

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•APC will rule beyond 2023, says Oshiomhole

•Edo chapter submits reconciliatory report

 

“There is a lot to be done and I am sure working together at both the executive, state and federal by the special grace of God, we will do better in this second term. As to merit, our party will continue to govern the country post 2023.” Those were the words of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, as the governors elected on the platform of the party met with the National Working Committee (NWC) to deliberate on a way forward for the party.

Though the thrust of the meeting, held at the APC’s National Secretariat in Abuja, yesterday was not made public, sources closed to the gathering disclosed that it has to do with the crisis in party. This is coming as a committee set up by the Edo State chapter of the APC to reconcile aggrieved party members after the 2019 primary elections, presented its report to Governor Godwin Obaseki. According to one of the sources close to the governors’ meeting, the states helmsmen were at the party secretariat to discuss, among others, the issues raised by the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salisu Lukuman, in a letter to Oshiomhole; the suspension of the National Vice Chairman North West, Inuwa Abdulkadir; and the grievances of the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, against the National Chairman, among many other issues.

A party source said that the governors were concerned with level of crisis in the party, and that they had also expressed reservation that since after the elections, the NWC had not called for a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting and had not given financial account of the elections.

The meeting was attended by governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abdulrazak Abdulrahman (Kwara), Atiku Badaru (Kebbi) and two deputy governors. The NWC members in attendance at the meeting were Oshiomhole, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment and former Deputy National Chairman (South), Chief Niyi Adebayo; APC National Organising Secretary, Chief Emma Ibediro; National Treasurer, Adamu Fanda; and National Vice Chairman (South East), Emma Enuekwu.

The meeting lasted over two and half hours, but the governors and NWC members declined to speak with the media. In the opening remarks before the meeting went into closed doors, the National Chairman had given a brief achievements of the party in the last election, just as he said APC would be in power beyond 2023.

In his remarks, the national chairman said his position had been a challenging experience for him. “I try to compare myself as a governor and now as chairman of a party and coming in at the eve of primaries and dealing with fallouts of the previous congresses and proceeding to conduct elections, also conducting primaries and campaigns across the 36 states and the FCT. “And working hard to ensure that we secure as many votes we can for our president, as well as support our states particularly where we didn’t have state governors to ensure that we are able to lend a helping hand.

I am happy to say that at the end of the day even though we lost some states we also gained some states. ”We gained Kwara, which for us is extremely important and we also gained Gombe which is also very strategic among others. “Of course, we have a clear majority in the National Assembly. We have more senators elected on our platform. We also have more of House of Representatives elected on our platform. “As it stands, there are many cases in court and until those cases are resolved, we won’t be able to say for sure where we stand. It is our prayer that they would be in our favour because we believe that a lot of our cases in court have merit. We hope that there will be justice and they are resolved in our favor.

”We also want to congratulate you for you re-election. Sometimes it is easier to be elected the first term. But, to be re-elected imply a huge vote of confidence by the people of your respective states. And looking at things from here, I know a lot went into trying to seize the deliberate attempt by the opposition to discredit the good ones. Like, we have said during the retreat, we believed our party has made a lot of progress in the three key areas that were reflected in our manifesto”.

However making his remarks, the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, Atiku Bagudu, said some issues were deliberated at the meeting on Thursday and it was decided that a delegation be sent to the national chairman.

He said: “We are very proud that we have a President who insisted that we should not sacrifice due process for convenience, at a time when it was difficult for many of us to contemplate the party going through national convention and primaries almost at the same time.

The President courageously said we have to do it because that is what we promised Nigerians, which is one of the most important signature between our party and other party and we are glad. So, we are happy to cooperate with the NWC to do whatever we can do to strengthen the party.”

On the Edo crisis, the chairman of the four-man Committee, Theophilus Okoh, during the presentation of the report to the governor, said the committee visited the three senatorial districts in the state and the local government areas to interact with party members who bought APC expression of interest forms, adding that the aspirants cooperated with the committee members. He said that part of the recommendations by the committee was for the party to refund money spent by aspirants to purchase expression of interest forms, noting that “in the course of interacting with the aspirants, it was discovered that some of them are intelligent, and we advised the government to consider ways of absorbing them into the system.”

While responding, the governor expressed appreciation to the committee for helping to review issues involving all the aspirants that participated in the recent APC’s primaries. Obaseki also called for compulsory monthly meetings across the various units, wards and LGAs, that would be attended by Special Assistants and Advisers from the wards.

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Tribunal sacks Dino Melaye, orders fresh election

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… judgement a miscarriage of justice, says Senator

 

The Kogi State National Assembly and State Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal yesterday sacked Dino Melaye as the Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district. The tribunal while nullifying the National Assembly election of March 22, in Kogi West, ordered a fresh election, according to an online news portal, Channels Television. But in a swift reaction,Melaye described the ruling of the National Assembly/ State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, which nullified his electoral victory as a miscarriage of justice. Melaye, who is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared winner in the February 2019 National Assembly election but Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) approached the tribunal and challenged Dino’s victory. Adeyemi cited irregularities, over voting and non-compliance with the electoral acts as his reasons for challenging the election outcome.

The tribunal in a unanimous judgement yesterday, by a three-man panel led by Justice Anthony Chijioke, upheld Adeyemi’s grounds and ordered fresh election in the senatorial district. Melaye in a reaction has however vowed to appeal the ruling. He noted that he is confident in the Appeal Court. He observed that the judgement was full of strange information alien to the case. The embattled lawmaker, however, commended the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for purportedly resisting evil and standing on the path of justice.

The statement reads: “The judgement is full of importation of information that are alien to the case. “I, however, commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the path of justice. “I have confidence in the Appeal Court to right the wrongs contained in the pronouncements of the judgement. “I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be shortlived while appealing to my teeming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secured and cannot be taken through any mischievous means. “However, our legal team is already working on appealing the judgement and I assure all that justice will prevail.”

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Nigerian jailed 4 years for $8.3m fraud in U.S.

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A Nigerian, Ayodeji Fatunmbi, has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding the United States government up to $8.3 million Medicare charges. Fatunmbi, according to an online news portal, PREMIUM TIMES, was found guilty in a jury trial on July 31, 2014, but was only sentenced to 46 months in prison on August 19, 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He was extradited to the U.S. in October 2018 based on the ruling of the Federal High Court. It was gathered that Fatunmbi, 47, was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and one count of money laundering.

He was also asked to pay roughly $1.1 million in restitution to American government. The order was made by Christiana Snyder of the U.S. District Court of Central District of California. Fatunmi, according to reports, admitted he paid cash kickbacks to patient recruiters and physicians for fraudulent prescriptions for durable medical equipment (DME), including power wheelchairs, which the Medicare beneficiaries did not have a legitimate medical need, according to the U.S. authorities.

Fatunmbi and co-conspirators caused Lutemi Medical Supply (Lutemi), a DME supply company that he co-ran, to submit approximately $8.3 million in claims to Medicare, which resulted in the company being paid over $3.5 million.

The convict further admitted that he was responsible for $2.1 million in false and fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary DME and that as a result of his conduct, Medicare paid Lutemi a total of $1.1 million. The conspirators also wrote cheques from Lutemi’s bank account to Lutemi employees and others, and Mr Fatunmbi instructed that those monies be returned to him to pay the illegal cash kickbacks to the patient recruiters and doctors, authorities said. Fatunmbi also admitted directing others at Lutemi to engage in the fraud to conceal the nature and source of the proceeds of the health care fraud conspiracy. Other conspirators identified in the fraud, identified as Olufunke Fadojutimi, 47, of Carson, California, and Maritza Elizabeth Velasquez, 44, of Las Vegas, Nevada, were also charged. Velasquez had pleaded guilty in 2013 and sentenced to 15 months in jail. She was also asked to pay a restitution in excess of $3.4 million. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California is pursuing a total forfeiture of Mr Fatunmbi and others caught in the fraud.

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The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has urged all the political leaders, especially those from the Igbo tribe to ensure that they fulfill their electoral mandates or face humiliation from the group. The Pro-Biafra group had received serious criticism from different corners for the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in Nuremberg, Germany, at the weekend.

However, IPOB said no amount of criticism would deter them from humiliating more political leaders, who failed to retrace their steps and usher in good governance and competent representation to the people of the zone. In a statement signed by the Head of Directorate of State, IPOB, Mazi Chika Edoziem, and made available to Saturday Telegraph by the group’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group insisted that their act in Germany is a prelude to “a well packaged strategy” mapped out to ensure that leaders do the needful when given mandates.

The statement reads in part: “IPOB shall remain unhindered, unperturbed and unfazed by the cacophony of morally bankrupt manufactured voices that appear to rally round one of their comrades, Ike Ekweremadu. “Morally upright people from around the world have commended the Indigenous People of Biafra for once again showing Nigerians the path that will lead them to liberation, that is, if they wish to be liberated. “As for we Biafran people, our objective is clearly set before us, and our destination is a liberated and fully sovereign Biafran nation.

“Opportunity still exists for every politician of Biafran extraction slavishly serving Nigeria to retrace their steps and avoid the certainty of this onrushing rage from the masses and true owners of the land. “This battle, which we the Indigenous People of Biafra, led by Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has embarked upon will be at a time, place and methodology of our own choosing.

“It is imperative to state that in making that choice, there will be no differentiating between the subservient Biafran politician(s) who see nothing and hear nothing wrong when Biafra land is under military siege that dehumanise, abduct, torture and murder at will. “As we march ahead in this sacred cause to restore our honor and dignity as a people, no obstacle, be it human or material, will be allowed to stand in our way.

“Very soon we shall show Dave Umahi, the Fulani slave in Ebonyi Government House, that IPOB has not only the capacity and reach but also the power through the grace of Almighty God to achieve our set objectives and fulfill our promise to the living and the dead. “We are waiting for them and their trumpeters in all the civilised nations of the world.

Their story of their humiliation will become a subject of study in foreign institutions. “Our struggle has shifted to the international arena where every eye will be watching and taking note.” Edoziem went on to say that all the groups issuing different statements against what happened in Nuremberg are faceless sycophants with no iota of influence on the ground. “Going through the vomit they issue, one is confronted with the mindset of a people living in a Banana Republic in which all forms of freedom of expression is brutally repressed and mediocrity extolled to high heavens.

“These men of the night and reprobates of the highest order travel out Nigeria to visit, invest, and educate their children in civilised functioning countries founded on the supremacy of the rule of law in the hope of exporting their warped way of reasoning and ignorance to societies to Igbo communities that operate where there is respect for the law. “The recurring theme in all the reactions of these reprobates to the Nuremberg encounter is their exhibition of crass stupidity in asking the German authorities to ‘fish out those who, according to them, disgraced one of their own.’ “They are ignorantly wondering who gave IPOB the impetus to disrespect a corrupt Nigerian official.”

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Mum forced me to play basketball; my first love was volleyball –Adaora Elonu, D’Tigress captain

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Adaora Elonu led the D’Tigress as captain to the 2019 Afrobasket in Senegal, beating the host in the final to defend the title they won two years ago in Mali, becoming the second team to defend their title after Angola. Speaking with CHARLES OGUNDIYA, the player from Enugu state, but born and brought up in the USA said Nigeria is not doing enough for the team despite recent successes. Excerpts…

 

How does it feel winning the Afrobasket in Senegal?

It feels great. This is the first time for me to win it back-to-back for Nigeria; the other team that did it was Angola. It feels great to be part of the team that did it, it feels amazing.

The final was so tensed with over 22,000 fans cheering Senegal, were you ladies intimidated?

I was not intimidated; I was in awe and amazement actually. The Senegalese government are doing an amazing job, investing in basketball, creating the arena that gave them the opportunity to host. This is something our government needs to look into definitely. The support they had around the city, everywhere we went, everyone knew who we were, just because of that Nigeria needs to follow suit and create a basketball culture. I was in awe with the crowd because they were amazing, they were basketball fanatics, they were 100 per cent basketball, 100 per cent Senegal, although they had some crazy ones, but they were all doing it in a positive way. I wasn’t intimidated at all, I was impressed, and awe is the word.

During the game against Senegal, was there a moment you had a doubt that you might lose the title?

I think it is important you train your mind you are going win, you are going out there to win, whatever outcome, if you lose, you lose, but my mind was telling me we were going to win. There were a lot of obstacles, we had a lead in the game, just look at the environment alone, it’s hard to describe. Even when they were leading, I was okay, the coach was okay, like we knew we were champions already, we just had to make the move and show it on the court. At the end of the day, we had the victory.

It was only D’Tigress that had a flawless victory at the Afrobasket, winning all your games…

Everyone said that it feels amazing, we had the feeling when we won in Mali 2017, the feeling is amazing, we still had the same feeling, we had our supporters, although the government could have done better to support us. Look at Senegal, they finished second but they were rewarded with lands, houses, 10 million Cefas. We called ourselves the giant of Africa, we need to prove it, show that you appreciate the work we have done, it can be stressful competing for Nigeria at times. Although that does not mean they are not proud of us in a different way.

Everybody knows D’Tigress, you won the Afrobasket back-to-back, finished eight at the World Cup, now you are going back to Senegal in November for the Olympic Games qualifiers, what needs to be done?

We didn’t have the correct preparation, we did well at the championship but our preparation was not up to it, we could have done better than we did. We didn’t have enough preparations, we actually prepared during the tournament, that’s not acceptable, we should be doing better than we did. We need to put more effort, more support from the government, the federation and other corporate organisations. If we have proper training, it will take us a long way.

With what you have been able to achieve, do you think Nigeria will qualify for the Olympic and probably go all the way in Tokyo 2020?

Sure, why not, but we still have one obstacle, we need to play the first round of qualifiers later in November before the main one. We need to be focused, we must get ready and make sure the team get ready for the qualifiers and we must not underestimate our opponent.

Olumide Oyedeji yesterday; he said this team has been together since 2016 during the Olympic Games qualifier. Would you say staying together for this long really helped the team to get to this level?

Keeping the core of the team together has been very important and that has definitely helped us a lot. We are like family, I enjoy coming to play for the national team, I enjoy coming to play with everybody here, the family atmosphere actually helped us to stay together and it helped us overcome some difficult and complex situation like lack of resources, lack of funding but having high dynamics and the core that we have for the past two years or four years helped. Hopefully we can keep that going forward, but we want the government, the federation to do their part so we can move forward especially in the area of funding, they have to do better.

Could you describe your World Cup experience?

It was a different experience, you know as Nigerians we are going to expect more and more even with nothing. We weren’t surprised because we know what we are capable of but no one really knows us outside of Africa, that was why it was mainly big shot for us and even for Senegal when we were both achieving results and winning games in Spain. The World Cup experience was like no other and also in Senegal the environment was outstanding. However my best tournament was the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville, I really loved and enjoyed the tournament, the experience was amazing. Playing alongside other African countries, looking at them that these people are just like me and also from same race made it more interesting. The World Cup is a different experience, you will see the Europeans, Asians, South Americans; in Spain we competed against three different continents; the America, the Asians and Australians, so we had a taste of everything, it was a great experience and I think we have put ourselves on the map.

 

People now look at Nigeria as a team to beat, how do you want to maintain this status?

Keeping focus and not getting too ahead of ourselves. In Senegal we actually were not the team to beat. Senegal was slated to win in a lot of ways because they were hosting, they are also a strong team and in my mind I was envisaging how it will be winning the trophy at their backyard and how it would be much sweeter. There were a lot of their fans at the stadium, the ticket was sold out, over 22,000 fans, they were a lot, all seats taken, they did a phenomenal job. We need to tell our government, we need an arena in Nigeria, the finance for the basketball community I think it is very important.

 

How did you come into the game of basketball?

It was by default. In Middle School, Houston, USA, sports is something to do. I started off with volleyball and next game is basketball. I really love volleyball and basketball came to me not necessarily naturally, I wasn’t a good player but my team reached out to me so that I could play in summer but I didn’t want to, I only wanted to play volleyball, but my mum told me if I didn’t play basketball, I would not play volleyball so I obliged as an obedient child and I listened. I joined the 17 in basketball and from there my confidence and skill levels grew and I got a scholarship in college to play. I got to the national t e a m by the grace o f God, some of the past players of the team who also stay in Houston talked to me if I could be part of the team and I said yes why not, that was how I got to the team in 2015. My first competition was in Cote d’Ivoire, which was a qualifier to get into Afrobasket.

How does it feel playing for Nigeria, you’ve talked about so many challenges playing for Nigeria, what gave you that inner strength to continue?

I thank God that my head is straight; the stress can actually kill you. I am very proud of wanting to be a Nigerian, I feel at home, I feel really good here, in a lot of things I do, my mood depends on how comfortable I am and how I feel, although I am not comfortable with the way our situations is going. I want the government to put more funds and consider how we are treated and the things we deserve. Just my feelings around the team and girls that’s what keeps me going.

As the captain, you are like the boss, everybody wants to come to you, how challenging has that been?

There is no challenge, with or without captain title, I just want to be myself, I don’t want to change who I am and that’s important to me, I am speaking for the team, either with or without the captain title, I will always speak for my team. The team is always important to me.

Volleyball your first choice, do you still play it?

No I don’t play volleyball again, its just basketball for me now.

Advice to those coming up

They should be committed and focus, they should not be shy to ask questions. They should just give it their all and don’t allow anything to hold them back.

 

Advice for the 3×3 team in Morocco for the ongoing African Games, knowing well that AG was your best tournament for Nigeria?

When I was told I wouldn’t be part of the team, I was heartbroken, but for the people going there representing the country, they should just go out there and give it their all, not just the basketball team, but all other athletes representing the country from athletics, taekwondo, to volleyball, football and all other sports. They should go for the experience and also enjoy themselves.

 

The D’Tigers will be going to China for the World Cup, you already raised the bar, what are you telling them?

They should just go for it. They are Nigerians and that spirit is good. They have done well at the Olympics, now they are going to the World Cup, I am sure the spirit is very high at the moment.

As a Nigerian, could you name the local food you love to eat?

The question should be which local food I don’t take. My best is garri and groundnut, if I have moi moi by the side, then it is better. Ijebu garri is my best, shout out to Uju Udoka, who always brings it for me. Anytime we come to camp, my garri is always ready for me.

 

Are you a good cook, especially Nigeria food?

I can prepare whatever I want to prepare, or was it because I grew up in the States? No I was brought up well. We have everything even when I travelled to Spain for the World Cup, I took some of these food with me, in fact I went with Abacha, I went with akamu (pap), palm oil, and surely my garri because I need it very much. I took Cray fish, ogbono and some other stuff with me. My parents did a good job and in Houston, they understand the culture very well and we didn’t forget that we are Nigerians, even though we just stay in the States.

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Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted Mrs. Anuri Maduwuike, wife of the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, Emmanuel Maduwuike.

Mrs Maduwuike was said to have been abducted Thursday afternoon, on her way home from Owerri.

Our correspondent learnt that the prelate’s wife was blocked off the road along the bad stretch of road at Ekemele, by gunmen operating in an unmarked vehicle. She was then bundled into the assailants’ vehicle and driven away to an unknown destination.

A lawyer and media practitioner, Mr. Emperror Iwuala, who is also an adherent of the Anglican Church, posted the incident on his Facebook page calling for prayers.

His post read: “Wife of the Anglican bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, Mrs. Anuri Maduwuike was kidnapped yesterday (Thursday) by unknown gunmen. We need prayers for God’s intervention and for the safety and freedom of God’s handmaid.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the development when contacted.

The police spokesman, however, added that her abductors were yet to establish contacts with the victim’s family.

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