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Three Islamic clerics held for fraud, serial rape

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hree self-acclaimed Islamic clerics who specialised in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public have been arrested by the police in Ogun State.

The suspected fraudsters were also accused of having unlawful carnal knowledge of their female victims.

 

The suspects, Aliu Abdulfatai (50), Sule Adebayo (36) and Lekan Olokodana (31), were arrested following a report by one of their victims.

 

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident yesterday.

 

The PPRO said a female victim (name withheld) reported at Adigbe Police Station that she was duped of N70,000 by the suspects and also raped by one of them.

 

 

Oyeyemi disclosed that investigation revealed that one of the suspects had used the proceeds of their fraudulent acts to build a private school in Ikorodu, Lagos State.

 

The police spokesman added that the suspects got in contact with the female victim, a marketer with real estate company, on the pretext that they wanted to purchase large expanse of land.

 

 

He said: “The complainant, who is a marketer with a popular property/real estate company, was said to be on marketing assignment when she came across the suspects who claimed to be Islamic clerics and indicated interest in purchasing large expanse of land which they claimed they wanted to use for construction of their mosque.

 

 

“There and then, they introduced the issue of special prayer to their victim from where they came out with seeing a vision that the victim is under a spell which needs special deliverance prayer to cast out.

“As a result of this, they succeeded in fraudulently obtaining the sum of N70,000 from her after they lured her into their house where one of them forcibly raped her.

 

 

“On the strength of her complaint, the DPO, Adigbe Division, CSP Augustine Opadile, detailed his detectives to go after these hoodlums and bring them to justice.

“Their efforts paid off when three among them were apprehended while waiting for the victim to bring money they demanded. One of them escaped.

 

 

“On interrogation, they confessed being fraudsters and that has been their means of livelihood. It was also revealed that one of them has used the proceeds of their fraudulent acts to build a private school in Ikorodu, Lagos State.”

Oyeyemi said the state Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, had ordered a full-scale investigation into the activities of the suspects with the view to charging them to court as soon as possible.

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Wike lifts slain PDP chieftain’s family with N200m

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has redeemed donated N200 million to the family of the late Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Khana Local Government Area Governorship Election agent, Dr Ferry Gberegbe.

Gberegbe, who was also a lecturer at the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori, was killed during election duty allegedly by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

Wike had visited the family and promised to support the family, and the kids of the late lecturer. He then announced a N200 million scholarship for Gberegbe’s four children.

The governor also directed the widow of the deceased to open bank accounts for each of the four children. 

He said: “The state government will offer scholarship to the four young children left behind by the deceased. The mother of the children should open dedicated account for each of the children.  The state government will pay N50 million to each of the four children for their education.”

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Kaduna: 2,000 displaced as bandits sack 17 villages

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Bandits have displaced 17 villages in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The attack occurred about 1p.m. on Sunday.

The displaced persons, numbering about 2,000, have taken refuge at LEA Birnin Yero Primary School.

One of the victims and village head of Unguwan Gibe, Jibrin Abdullahi, said the bandits came to the village to attack the villagers about 1p.m. on Sunday.

He said: “The problems started when vigilantes decided to help the community to deal with the bandits in their hideout.

“The bandits don’t allow us to go to farm. The vigilantes wanted to bring an end to this. But when they reached the bandits’ hideout, they were overpowered. The bandits said since the community has decided to attack them, we will not have peace.”

Abdullahi identified the affected villages as Tura, Unguwan Gebi, Unguwan Dangauta, Unguwan Nayawu, Unguwan Makeri, Jagani, Sabon Gida, Dallatu, Unguwan Alhaji Ahmadu, Sabon Gari, Kusau, Gidan Sarkin Noma, Unguwan Pati, Unguwan Tofa and Sauran Giwa.

He added: “I have three wives but only two are with me; I don’t know where the other wife is now. As you can see, about 2,000 people are displaced.”

The village head disclosed that owing to the activities of the bandits, the people no longer go to farm.

He said: “I spent over N2 million on my farm. Now, for the past 25 days, I can’t go to farm due to bandits’ activities.”

Also, the Chief Imam of Izala Mosque, Ibrahim Usman, said the bandits had been terrorising the community even before Sunday’s attack and called on government to do the needful, to enable them to return home.

The refugees’ attempt to stage a demonstration by blocking the Kaduna-Zaria highway was thwarted by security agents.

The Imam pleaded with the victims to be law-abiding and not to take laws into their hands.

Also, the village head of Birnin Yero, Alhaji Umar Danyaro, where the victims are camped, described the situation as very unfortunate.

He said: “The bandits had been disturbing the people in their villages. On a daily basis, they kidnap at will, kill, take away their goods and animals.”

The District Head of Rigachikun, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Sani, pleaded with the victims not to take law into their hands and be patient, promising them that the situation would be addressed by the government.

Officials of the State Emergency Management Agency were at the camp for an on-the-spot-assessment.

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Police arrest two cattle rustlers, recover N1.1m

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Two notorious cattle rustlers terrorising Kotonkoro in Mariga Local Government have been arrested by the police in Niger State.

It was learnt that the rustlers, Abubakar Mohammed of Kabau Local Government Area, Kaduna State, and Jamilu Dabo of Dan-Musa in Katsina State, have been into cattle rustling for years, terrorising Kotonkoro and environs but were intercepted by the police on patrol.

Findings showed that the suspects, who reside in Mariga, had been making enough money from cattle rustling and that was why they abandoned their states to settle in Niger State.

One of the suspects, Mohammed, told our correspondent that he had been into the crime for than three years before police rounded him up.

He said: “Cattle rustling is a business I know how to go about. I have been making a lot of money with my accomplice. I don’t involve myself in kidnapping business because human beings are involved.

“I used the proceeds I realised from the sale of the rustled cows for the upkeep of my family even though they are not aware that I am a cattle thief.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muhammad Abubakar, said the operatives recovered N1,195,340 and seven different mobile phones from the rustlers.

He said: “We are reducing criminality to the barest minimum in Niger State, and we urge the people to always report any suspicious person to the nearest police station.

“Niger State is one of the most peaceful states in the country and we will resist any attempt by the hoodlums to take over the affairs of the state. It will not work; our men are intact, ready for any eventualities.”

The PPRO added that the matter had been charged to court.

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Fix Ibeju-Lekki roads, Lagos monarch begs Sanwo-Olu

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traditional ruler, the Onitedo of Itedo Iwerekun land, Oba Tajudeen Afolabi Elemoro, has sent a ‘Save Our Soul” message to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State over deplorable state of roads in his domain at Ibeji-Lekki axis.

The traditional ruler, who identified Abijo, Awoyaya, Bogije, Oke-Odo Elemoro and Ibeju as hubs of the problem, decried the risk and hardship associated with traffic logjam the residents face daily on the road.

He said: “It takes hours to get out of the road whenever residents make use of the road. The fear of being stuck in traffic has made it compulsory for people to leave their homes at 3.30a.m. or 4a.m. Also, going out at such hour of the day can be dangerous.

“If we need to go to Lagos Island and you don’t leave home about 3.30a.m. to 4a.m, you won’t spend less than three hours before you get out of the traffic on the road. For students going to school, they have to get them ready and put them on the road as early as 4a.m., if not so, they will be late to school.

“It is the same thing with the market people; they have to leave home at midnight and this can be dangerous. We only thank God kidnapping is not deeply rooted in Lagos. That is why I am sending this message to our governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu that he should come to our aid.”

Elemoro added that lack of canal in most areas was the cost of flooding, which also caused gridlock.

The monarch disclosed that structures had been built to block channels, which were supposed to take water from the road to the lagoon.

He said: “We have written several times to the Ministry of Environment to look it into, it has been in vain.”

Elemoro, therefore, called on the governor to use his good offices to help the people by sending engineers down to the area for a solution.

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Thugs attack Kwankwaso in Kano

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Former Governor of Kano State and the immediate past senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, escaped been killed in Kano as armed thugs attacked him.

The Kwankwasiyya (a group of Kwankwaso’s supporters) spokesperson, Hajiya Binta Sipikin, alleged that the thugs members of the All progressives Congress (APC).

They reportedly laid an ambush for Kwankwaso at the Madobi Road underpass.

The attack occurred during the former governor’s visit to his hometown, Madobi, where he opened a midwifery school.

Sipikin said eight persons were critically injured while several cars were damaged.

She said: “This attack was pre-planned because we were told that heavily armed thugs were kept under the bridge to attack us as we were coming from Madobi.

“We believed (Governor Abdullahi) Ganduje was behind this attack because we heard one of his aides’ name being mentioned as we were being attacked.”

Sipikin said the injured Kwankwasiyya members were currently receiving medical attention in various hospitals.

However, one of the governor’s top aides, who did not want to be mentioned, denied the allegation levelled against Ganduje.

He said the attack was an internal wrangling between the Kwankwasiyya members who were fed up with their principal.

The aide regretted that whenever such attack occurred, the Kwankwasiyya members were always quick to link it to Ganduje.

He said it was a public knowledge that there was internal wrangling within the Kwankwasiyya group.

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Core TV News shuts down over flooding

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Management of Core TV News, one of the nation’s top news stations, has announced the temporary shutdown of the station, owing to flood.

The flood is believed to have been caused by the release of water from the Oyan Dam, flooding the international headquarters of the television station.

The Managing Director and founder of the station, Olajide Adediran, said in a statement that the decision, though painful, was taken to safeguard lives of members of staff and the station’s multi-million naira equipment from damage.

He therefore urged the Ogun State government and other stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the issue.

Adediran also assured members of the general public that the station would bounce back better in the next few days once the flood recedes in the coming days.

While pledging the commitment of the Core TV News management to lending its platform for advocacy in finding a lasting solution to the challenges posed by the issue, he stated that the issue of flooding in the Isheri estate, where the headquarters of the station is located, was one that requires cooperation of all stakeholders.

The operations of the station have become near impossible over the last 48 hours following the rise in water levels in its discovery gardens estate headquarters within the Isheri/OPIC estates off the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

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N1.5bn cryptocurrency fraud: Businessman gets N50m bail

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Justice Mojisola Dada of an Ikeja Special Offences Court, Lagos, yesterday granted bail to a businessman, Oloje Ayowale Peter aka James Williams, who has been in prison for an alleged N1.5 billion cryptocurrency fraud.

Peter was arraigned alongside a company, Velborg-Selma Limited, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining by false pretence.

The defendant was, however, granted a N50 million bail by the court following an application filed by the defence lawyer, M. P. Ogunkolade.

Ruling on the bail application, Justice Dada said: “The defendant is hereby granted bail in the sum of N50 million and a surety in like sum.

“The surety must be gainfully employed and must be resident in Lagos State within the jurisdiction of the court. Tax payment of three years must be shown by the surety.”

However, earlier during the proceedings, Ogunkolade urged the court to grant bail to his client while announcing his willingness to sign an undertaken in that regard.

He said: “My lord, I’ve known the defendant for over 15 years. He is my younger brother’s childhood friend and I can assure you that he would not jump bail if granted bail by the court.

“The defendant has been in constant communication with the complaint in this case in order to pay up his money. So far he has paid over a billion naira back to him (the complaint). This shows he has no intentions of avoiding trial.

“My lord, the defendant’s continued stay in prison custody would hinder the process of payment, which has since been ongoing in order to settle amiably with the complaint.

“He has nothing more than a balance of N230 million to pay up the money. I am ready to sign an undertaken to ensure my client is always available for his trial. I pray my lord to grant him bail in the most liberal terms.”

Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Nkereuwem Anana, said the defendants – Peter and the company – committed the alleged offences sometime between May and December 2018 in Lagos.

Anana said that Peter and Velborg-Selma Limited allegedly obtained N1.5 billion from the Director of Layolat Farmiza Nigeria Limited, Alimat Yusuf, by falsely representing that the money would be used for cryptocurrency trading.

The prosecutor further alleged that defendants stole N279,101,866.68 sometime in December 2018.

As contained in the charge, the offences contravened Sections 278(1) (b) (2) (f) and 285 (1) of the Criminal laws of Lagos State No. 11 of 2011.

Justice Dada thereafter adjourned the matter till December 4 for continuation of trial.

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Microfinance manager arraigned for false asset declaration

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Microfinance manager arraigned for false asset declaration

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the Operations Manager of Yabo Micro Finance Bank, Mr. Aliyu Mallam Yabo, on a one-count charge bordering on false declaration of assets.

The manager was arraigned by the Sokoto Zonal office the EFCC before Justice Isah Muhammad Bargaja of the Sokoto State High Court.

Yabo’s trouble started on January 29, 2019 after the bank submitted a petition against him. In the course of investigating the alleged offence, the suspect was given an assets declaration form, but failed to declare his entire assets.

Count one reads: “That you, Aliyu Mallam Yabo, on or about the 15th of March, 2019 at  the EFCC Zonal Office, No. 7 Super Quarters Road, off Tsafe Road, GRA, Sokoto, Sokoto State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did an illegal act, to wit; failed, neglected and refused to declare your entire assets as provided under Section 27 of the Economic and Financial Crimes ( Establishment) Act, 2004, an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 27(3) Economic and Financial Crimes ( Establishment) Act, 2004.”

He pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Habila Jonathan, asked for a date for trial to commence.

Responding, the defence counsel, Ibrahim Hussaini, prayed the court to grant his client bail on the grounds that the accused was faithful to the administrative bail granted him by the prosecution and had credible sureties.

Bargaja granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with one surety in like sum. The surety must be a civil servant not below grade level 12 in the state or Federal Service. The surety must deposit his letter of appointment, last promotion letter and identity card to the court registry.

The case has been adjourned till November 4, 2019 for trial.

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Exploitation: How Magistrate gave ruling against 52 hotels in 3 hours – Hoteliers

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Hoteliers in Imo State have complained about the system of exploitation and impunity that undermined the hospitality industry in the state in the last eight years and urged government to redress same to maximize productivity in the sector.

In a petition to the Commissioner, Ministry of Tourism, Creative Art and Culture, Barr. Chijioke Nzekwe, the hoteliers, under the aegis of Imo State Hoteliers Association, lamented the sharp practices instituted under former governor Rochas Okorocha’s administration in which some government revenue collectors colluded with some members of the state judiciary to allegedly rip-off hotels in the state.

The hoteliers urged the present administration to bring to an end the systemic corruption and impunity in the revenue collection engagements with hotels in the state.

The petition signed by the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Chima Chukwunyere read in part: “In retrospect, I assert and without any fear of contradiction, that on the 28th of last month, a particular Magistrate gave a ruling against 52 hotels within three hours and one of these affected hotels was closed five years ago and the structure demolished three years ago.”

Chukwunyere noted that the problems confronting the hospitality industry in the state erupted during the Okorocha administration wherein the former governor appointed revenue consultants with close ties to its officials.

He regretted that the revenue agents unashamedly connive with some personnel of the judiciary to defraud unsuspecting members of the public and succeeded in running down some hotels in the state.

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Suspected serial killer, West, appears in court

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Suspected serial killer, Gracious David West, was brought to court in Rivers State on Monday.

West, who had confessed to killing seven women in different hotels, was brought into the High Court premises in Port Harcourt around 10.28 am by heavily armed personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

However, the charges against the suspect were not read to him because no lawyer was representing him in court.

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