…judgement fixed for Feb 2020
A Nigerian woman, identified simply as Tammy, has pleaded guilty to charges of drug trafficking and bank fraud in the United States and may spend up to 10 years in jail. In a statement issued by the Department of Justice, US Attorney’s Office (Eastern District of Virginia) on November 5, Tammy pleaded guilty to the allegations of conspiring with others to import more than five kilogrammes of cocaine, as well as to her role in a separate bank fraud scheme, and to making false statements relating to fraudulent claims submitted to Medicaid for reimbursement. US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Zachary Terwilliger, said: “Tammy is a ‘triple threat’ of criminality – drug trafficker, a fraudster, and a liar.
“Tammy, a Nigerian immigrant, who has spent the last two decades with the privilege of living in the United States as a lawful permanent resident, clearly has zero respect for American laws pertaining to our borders, controlled substances, our financial system, or our health care system.”
With her guilty plea, Tammy faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison for the cocaine importation charge when sentenced on February 28, 2020. According to court documents, Tammy, who is 40 years old, recruited men from the greater Washington D.C. area to act as drug couriers. She was also accused of opening bank accounts in the couriers’ names, assisting them in obtaining passports and visas, and booking their travel arrangements.
Tammy’s suspected couriers travelled primarily to São Paulo, Brazil, where they picked up kilogramme quantities of cocaine hidden in the lining of soft-sided briefcases or attaché cases. Altogether, law enforcement seized nearly seven kilograms of cocaine at three different US airports from three separate couriers allegedly recruited by Tammy.
The statement also revealed that in addition to the cocaine importation scheme, Tammy also submitted falsified and fraudulent claims to the D.C. Department of Health Care Finance, a health care benefit programme funded by Medicaid. It was reported that Tammy worked as a personal care aide for various home health agencies in the Washington D.C. area, and in order to receive payment for services rendered, Tammy was required to submit time sheets signed by her clients documenting the services rendered. Instead of submitting time sheets for time actually worked providing health care services, Tammy recruited Medicaid recipients to act as her “patients” and to sign her falsified timesheets in return for a small amount of money as a kickback.
On at least two occasions, Tammy billed DHCF for home health services she claimed to have provided while she was out of the country. Apart from the cocaine importation and the home health services scheme, Tammy allegedly used her African goods business in Maryland also to carry out a bank fraud.
Yuletide: Don’t use expired tyres, avoid speeding, overloading, FRSC warns drivers
The Zonal Commanding Officer of RS 10 HQ Sokoto, Assistant Corps Marshal Kayode Olagunju, has advised drivers against using expired tyres, speeding and overloading during the Yuletide celebration. Olagunju gave this advice yesterday at the launch of 2019 Ember months Road Safety Campaign held at the centre garage in Birnin Kebbi, adding that there is need for drivers to go for eye tests regularly. He then urged the stakeholders in the state to work together in order to reduce road crashes as road crashes kill more passengers than drivers. In his remark, the State Sector Commander, Mr. EA Asaniyan, said that drivers should avoid the use of drugs and that they should not also drive when they are tired. He also said that the use of seatbelt and adherence to all traffic laws are very important even as he warned against overloading among other infractions. Asaniyan thanked the Kebbi State government for always being there for them in terms of advocacy and other needs.
Over 20 bandits attack Kaduna community, abduct pregnant woman, 2 others
Gunmen numbering over 20 in the early hours of friday attacked a Kaduna community and abducted a pregnant woman, simply identified as Mrs. Okeke and two children. The attack took place in Juji, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis, Chikun Local Government Area of the state. The gunmen were said to have arrived the community about 1am and started shooting sporadically into the air. Residents who were sleeping woke up to the sound of gunshots even as many others took to their heels, running into the bush for cover. A resident of the area said that there was pandemonium across the community as a result of the attack.
The gunmen were said to have moved into the residence of the pregnant woman, who is a mother of three and forcefully dragged her out of the compound. The husband of the woman was said to have travelled. A 12 year old boy was also abducted with his mother who was recuperating from injuries she sustained from a motorcycle accident recently. She was, however, abandoned when she could not cope with the long distance trek in the bush following injuries from the accident.
The woman was said to have found her way home later in the day. While a nine-year-old girl was also said to have been abducted by the bandits. A resident disclosed that: “We heard shots around 1 am and all of us ran in different directions. Many people ran into the bush, others hid around their compounds. “I ran to a nearby bush and hid until they left before I came out. It was this morning that we discovered that they left with the nineyear- old girl and the son of the woman who was abandoned but was able to find her way back to Juji this morning.” The police were said to have visited the area yesterday morning to assess the situation of things. But when contacted, the spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Yakubu Sabo, said he learnt there was an incident in the area and promised to get the details of what transpired.
Army officer impersonator escapes death in Onitsha
A young man of about 30 years escaped death by the whiskers in Onitsha yesterday when he was discovered to be an Army officer impersonator by the people. The fake army officer, whose name was not disclosed, according to residents of 59, Old Market Road, claimed he is a military officer when he charged into the compound with other fierce looking young boys between the ages of 25 and 30 about 8am in the morning. Accordingly to one of the residents, who did not want his name in print, trouble started when the fake military man and his accomplices demanded the payment of certain sum of money owed one of them by one of the tenants living in the compound. But on getting to the tenant’s apartment, they discovered that he was not at home.
They then attempted to take away the young girl they met in his apartment, but the girl raised the alarm, as they were dragging her along with them, with her phone and other valuables seized from her by the men. The alarm attracted the attention of other tenants, mostly young men, numbering about 30.
When they demanded for the identity of the military officer, he could not produce any evidence to show he is a military officer and suspecting foul play, they descended on him, almost lynching him, as they battered him with logs of woods, bottles and other dangerous weapons. All efforts to contact the police failed as all calls put across to the Onitsha Area Command were not answered.
Scores cheat death as tanker falls on Victoria Island road
There was confusion yesterday morning in Lagos when a 33,000 fuel laden tanker lost control and fell on the Ozumba Nbadwe Road, Victoria Island, spilling its content on the road. For hours, residents, workers in various offices, motorists and other road users, scampered for safety for fear of the possible explosion that could rock the commercial centre.
But the swift intervention of emergency responders, law enforcement officers and traffic management agencies saved the day as the environment of the scene was condoned off while vehicular movement was diverted metres away from the scene, a development that resulted in a serious traffic gridlock that extended to the Third Mainland Bridge. It was also learnt that the 32-year-old driver of the tanker has been taken to hospital by the emergency responders. It was gathered that the unbranded tanker with registration number KRD-280XN, was conveying 33,000 litres of AGO (diesel) to a destination yet to be ascertained as at the filing this report.
Hence the combined team of LASEMA response unit, otherwise known as Sharks (Lekki) Response Squad alongside the Bravo Team (Paramedics), another unit of LASEMA, LASTMA, Lagos State and Federal Fire Services, LCC and Nigeria Police, had hectic time in the management of the accident scene. Speaking on the cause of the accident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said that one of the tanker’s tyres burst while in motion. He added that the burst tyre resulted in the tanker running over the highway median while its compartment detached and flipped over, before it finally upturned.
Osanyintolu said: ‘On getting to the scene of the incident, a white coloured unbranded tanker with registration number KRD-280XN laden with 33,000 litres of AGO (diesel) was found to have fallen on Ozumba Mbadiwe. Further investigation revealed that one of its tyres burst while in motion.
This resulted in the vehicle running over the highway median while the tanker compartment detached and flipped over, finally resting on its head. He, however, said that efforts were made to discharge the remaining content on the road so as to safely evacuate the fallen tanker.
He added: “Two compartments of 11,000 litres each had already discharged their contents on the road while the last 11,000 litres compartment remained intact. The road was cordoned off on both sides of the highway and a diversion created to ease movement of traffic. ‘‘The road is being prepared for reopening while the single casualty- driver (male, 32 years) has been taken to hospital by the Lasema paramedic team with suspected internal injuries,” LASEMA boss added.
Kwara gov inaugurates cabinet, charges them on sincerity, legacy
•Commissioners, SAs get portfolios
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday inaugurated and called on his cabinet members to consider what legacies they would like to be remembered for in the discharge of their duties, saying the administration has a historical duty to change the narrative about the state.
He also swore in members of the Civil Service Commission and the Deputy Chief of Staff Adebukola Risikat Babalola whose appointment was announced earlier Friday. He had earlier also named Architect Kale Belgore as Senior Adviser and Counsellor.
He said: “Let me remind all of you that we are not the best out of the 3.5 million people in this state. However, providence has placed on our shoulders the historic responsibility to take our people out of Egypt and safely into the Canaan land.
“This task requires focus, patience, sacrifice, tact, speed, and constant supplication to God Almighty to guide us on every step of the way. We must engage, listen, and relate well with our people whose mandate has brought us here. In doing so, we must see the whole of Kwara as our constituency.”
The event was attended by hundreds of Kwarans and top government functionaries, including the Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi; Speaker of the House of Assembly Salihu Danladi Yakubu; Representative of the Chief Judge Justice Bayo Yusuf; Grand Kadi of Kwara State Ola Abdulkadir; principal officers and members of the House of Assembly; Secretary to the State Government Prof Mamman Jibril; Head of Service Modupe Oluwole; and Chief of Staff to the Governor Aminu Adisa Logun.
The governor reminded the cabinet members of the need to always relate well with the public and to work together as a team, “stronger together, each watching the back of the other.”
Umahi: I’ve made provisions for minimum wage
- Presents 2020 budget
Governor of Ebonyi state, Chief Dave Umahi Friday announced that he has made adequate provisions for the implementation of the new minimum wage salaries for civil servants in the state.
He urged organised labour in the state to hasten their negotiations with the government to enable it implement the new wage for the workers.
Umahi spoke at the state Assembly chambers in Nkaliki, Abakaliki Local Government Area of the state while presenting 2020 budget estimate tagged “Budget of growth, consolidation and transformation” to the state Assembly.
He announced that a total of N178,136,634,975.38 billion would be spent in 2020 by his administration.
He noted that whatever was agreed at the local government level in the state on the minimum wage would be implemented at the state level by the administration.
“In the 2020 budget estimate, we made provisions for our minimum wage payment and I use the opportunity to ask labour to hasten up their commitment in the negotiation so that we can conclude and then we will implement the minimum wage,” the governor said.
Man butchers lover, sells parts to herbalists, clerics for N1000 each
Operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) have arrested an herbalist, who allegedly killed his lover and sold her body parts to different herbalists, Muslim clerics and pastors for ritual at the rate of N1000 per part.
IRT Operatives, led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Abba Kyari, have arrested 13 herbalists so far involved the butchering and selling of the victim’s body parts, while many others are still at large.
Our reporter learnt that the tracking and eventual arrest of the suspects in different parts of Ogun State would not have been possible, if not for the active participation of the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson and his men in the investigation, which stretched into weeks.
The prime suspect, Segun Olaniyi, claimed that the victim, Abosede Iyada, was his lover. He also admitted orchestrating her murder for money making ritual.
Operatives launched investigation into the case on November 15 following a letter of complaint from Abosede’s parents, Mr and Mrs Segun Adeyemi, residing at Plot ‘2’ Adio Idris Close, Oke Oko in Ifo Local Government Area. The complaint was lodged at the IRT office, Ogun State Annex.
According to the distraught parents, Abosede, married and mother of a child left her husband’s house in the morning of that fateful day to visit Olaniyi popularly known as “Agba Isegun,”a native doctor at Ifo area.
Since then Abosede appeared to have disappeared into thin air. Attempts to call her phone were abortive as it remained permanently switched off.
After the operatives launched investigation into the disappearance of the woman, they started tracking her phone and that of Olaniyi.
Olaniyi was tracked and arrested in Abeokuta area of Ogun State. During interrogation, he claimed that he and Abosede were lovers, that she came to visit him on November 15, but that on arrival at his place, he and his friends, Fagbon and AY, who were desperately in need of money, abducted and took her to a secluded area, where they butchered her and sold her body parts to interested buyers within Ogun and Lagos states.
It was gathered that following Olaniyi’s confessions, the operatives moved to Abeokuta and different villages like Ifo, Itori Papalanto and Adigbe area where 11 suspects were arrested.
Among those arrested, eight confessed to kidnapping and killing and buying of the body parts of the victim. The number of those arrested soon swelled to 13.
A source said: “Abosede and the prime suspect were secondary school lovers. They later parted ways and married other spouses. We understand that Abosede had been having series of problems with her husband, who is a commercial motorcycle rider. Somehow, she reconnected with Olaniyi, who is now an herbalist. This reconnection with Olaniyi came after 15 years apart. Olaniy, the herbalist was perceived as being rich. He used to give the deceased N2000 every day. She soon started going to visit him and soon, both of them started sleeping together. She would tell her husband that she was going to work, she would go to the suspect’s place.
“She had earlier told the suspect to help her to become wealthy. So on that fateful day she came, Olaniyi told her to go to the stream with his two friends to strip and bath her hair. She went with them; they held her down inside the stream and stabbed her to death. They then brought her out and deboned her before selling her flesh for N1000. One of the herbalists arrested told us that Olaniyi uses charm placed on his tongue to speak to the victim, which made her to obey and do whatever he asked her to do.”
Those arrested in connection with the killing and buying of Abosede’s body parts are; Segun Olaniyi (42), Ayodemeji Adileye (25) aka AY, also known as the human being butcher, Babalola Akanbi (48), Adeifa Sogbeyinde (37), Rasaq Arabs (27), Sunday Akinyemi (41), Adewole Olwafemi (38) aka Pastor, Mustapha Ajibola (31) aka Alfa, Mustapha Iliya (30), Shilola Amodu (38) aka Alfa, Jamiu Abass (25) , Smooth Kazeem (37) aka Alfa and Adesola Oduyemi (56).
The IRT Operatives recovered substances confessed by the suspects to be burnt human parts of Abosede. Some of the substances were in powdery and liquid forms.
Scores cheat death as tanker falls on Victoria Island
*Workers, residents panic, motorists groan in gridlock
There was confusion early this morning on Victoria Island, Lagos when a 33,000-litre fuel laden taker lost control and fell on the road at the ever-busy Ozumba Mbadiwe Road spilling its contents on the road.
For hours, residents, workers in various offices, motorists and other road users scampered for safety and in fear of the possible explosion that could rock the commercial centre.
But a swift intervention of the emergency responders, law enforcement officers and traffic management agencies saved the day as the scene was quickly condoned off.
Vehicular movement was diverted metres away from the scene to prevent explosion, a development that resulted in a very serious gridlock that backed up to the Third Mainland Bridge.
It was also learnt that the 32-year-old driver of the tanker has been taken to hospital by the emergency responders.
It was learnt that the unbranded tanker with registration number KRD-280XN was conveying AGO (diesel) to a destination yet to be ascertained as at the filing this report at about 5am when the accident occurred.
The combined efforts of the LASEMA response unit, otherwise known as Sharks (Lekki) Response Squad, alongside the Bravo Team (Paramedics), another unit of LASEMA, LASTMA, LASG FIRE, FED FIRE, LCC and Nigeria Police had a hectic time in the management of the accident scene.
Speaking on the cause of the accident, the Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said that one of the tyres of the tanker burst while in motion, causing the tanker running over the highway median while it compartment detached and flipped over, before it finally upturned spilling its contents onto the road.
Oke-Osanyintolu said: “On getting to the scene of the incident, a white coloured unbranded tanker with registration number KRD-280XN laden with 33,000 litres of AGO (diesel) was found to have fallen on Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue. Further investigation revealed that one of its tyres burst while in motion. This resulted in the vehicle running over the highway median while the tanker compartment detached and flipped over, finally resting on its head.”
Three soldiers arrested for robbery
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three soldiers at the Obanikoro area of the metropolis for armed robbery.
The three suspects, who were alleged to have been arrested in full military uniform and were armed with a dagger. The three men, who were arrested on 3rd of December, were further alleged to specialise in targeting and robbing drivers with broken trucks and containers.
A source said: “They were arrested as early as 5:a.m. by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Somolu Police Station. Before the arrest of the soldiers, the DPO had been receiving a series of complaints from commuters and motorists that military men used to rob them. There had also been complaints of passers -bye being attacked and robbed and owners of broken down vehicles robbed at night, also by military men.”
On the fateful day of the suspects’ arrest, a distressed woman was said to have dashed into the office of the DPO, screaming that robbers in uniform were operating at Obanikoro.
The woman insisted that she was robbed and that she saw the soldiers robbing a driver. The DPO quickly gathered his men and they raced to the scene.
“On getting to the scene, the DPO and his men saw three men in full military uniform. They were actually robbing a driver of a broken down truck. The truck had developed fault, thus the driver had to park at Obanikoro to seek solution. The DPO and his men tried to arrest the soldiers, but they put up a struggle until they were overpowered by the policemen,” said the source.
The three suspects were taken to the station and a dagger was recovered from them. The driver told police that the soldiers took N40, 000 from a woman that was passing by and were forcing him to submit N100, 000 before the arrival of the DPO and his men.
The source said: “They asked the driver to give them N100,000, he said he didn’t have such an amount of money with him. They were searching him when the DPO and his men got there. The soldiers operate using a motorcycle. Police have recovered the motorcycle from them. Police also recovered their identity cards from them.”
Preliminary investigation showed that one of the suspects, Corporal Kaduru Sani, is attached to Air force Base in Lagos State, while his colleagues are from military base in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The two suspects from Ilorin said that they came to visit Sani. They denied being robbers, insisting that they were just looking for means to raise money to feed.
“They further explained that they only used the dagger to threaten people, not that they wanted to hurt anyone,” said the source.
Woman killed during robbers’ confrontation with police
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ene Okon, yesterday, debunked allegation that his officer killed a woman trader while attempting to extort commercial cyclists in the state.
The victim, identified as Kasarachi, was a fruit seller at the Apumiri Market. Okon, while narrating how the incident happened, said that he got the information through a phone call moments after he returned from Abuja.
He had immediately called the Officer in Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in Ubakala.
Okon said: “I received the brief to the effect that there was a distress call at the dustbin area of Ubakala and then SARS operatives attached to Ubakala, responded to the distress call and discovered that robbers, numbering about five, using a Toyota RAV4 and in army camouflage, were operating. On sighting the SARS men, the gang opened fire and the SARS operatives retaliated. During the exchange of gunfire, a stray bullet hit the victim, who was rushed to the hospital and was confirmed dead.”
Okon said the Toyota Sienna van used by the SARS operatives was riddled with bullets. According to him: “There was nothing like an accidental discharge or direct firing at the victim.”
The CP disclosed that he has constituted a panel to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of the victim. This was even as he disclosed that the matter happened the previous night.
However, an eyewitness alleged that the deceased was killed by SARS men, who were attempting to extort cyclists. The eyewitness explained that some of the cyclists would be arrested and detained, then asked by the SARS men to bail themselves with N30,000 or N50,000.
The eyewitness noted that it was in the process of extorting the commercial motorcycle operators that one of the policemen fired the bullet that killed Kasarachi.
The eyewitness noted: “She was returning from a nearby filling station where she had gone to pack her wares at the end of the day’s business when she was hit by the bullet. There was no robbery at all. We saw what happened and we can identify the policeman that pulled the trigger.”
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