Nigerian jailed for over $12m tax fraud in US

A Nigerian man, Babatunde Olusegun Taiwo, has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing the identities of US citizens to file fraudulent tax return claims, made possible through data leaked in security incidents. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) in a statement said Taiwo, alongside co-conspirators including Kevin Williams, used the personal identifying information (PII) of individuals leaked due to a data breach at a payroll company to file false returns with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The victims included school district employees in Alabama and Mississippi,…

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Lampard opens door for Giroud to leave Chelsea

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said Olivier Giroud could leave Stamford Bridge this month, with Serie A leaders Inter Milan reported to be in pole position to sign the French striker. Sky Sports reported on Friday that France’s World Cup winner Giroud, whose Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season, has agreed a 2-1/2 year deal to join the Italian club. Lampard, whose side are fourth in the Premier League, said Giroud’s departure is not necessarily linked to Chelsea signing a replacement and the player would only leave if…

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Commissioner, Medical Director: It’s false alarm, no Lassa Fever in Imo

Steve Uzoechi The Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, Dr. Kingsley Achigbu has dismissed as false alarm, the story making the rounds that Imo may have also recorded a case of Lassa fever following the recent outbreak in neighbouring Abia State. This is also as the Imo State Commissioner for Health; Dr. Vin Udokwu has declared that the state is safe and free of Lassa fever. The FMC Medical Director, who spoke with our correspondent on phone, maintained that there was no recorded or medically confirmed case of…

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Umahi pays N30,000 minimum wage to Ebonyi workers

David Umahi

Uchenna Inya Ebonyi State government, Friday paid the newly approved N30,000 National Minimum Wage for workers across the country to all the civil servants in the state. The state’s Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Uchenna Orji disclosed this while briefing journalists in Abakaliki, the state capital. Orji said all the state and local government workers across the 13 local government areas of the state have all received alerts for this month containing the new wage. He explained that the minimum wage paid to the workers was progressively protective to…

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We’re more interested in protecting late Promise’s family – NFF

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it has refrained from responding to the cacophony of falsehood and misrepresentation over its absence or otherwise from the final funeral rites of former Nigerian international Isaac Promise because it was most concerned with the safety and well –being of his immediate family. NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire reiterated on Friday that the Federation has always, is presently and will always show concern on issues that affect Nigerian players (active, retired or departed), and has without recourse to noise and grandstanding, done its…

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Complete East West Road, ex Militants tell Buhari

Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa.        A group of ex-Militants known as ‘Peace and Cultural Development Initiative’ (PCDI) on Friday pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to complete the East-West Road which the group said has become a death trap. PCDI, which comprises of former militant leaders from the nine Niger-Delta states, said the road has caused several losses of lives and damage to vehicles. The ex-Militant leaders, made up of 60 per cent of the First Phase leaders of the Amnesty Programme, and coordinated by its National President Pastor Reuben…

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Ile Arugbo: Why we can’t afford missing weekly meetings -Aged women

 Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin     The aged women have explained why they cannot afford not going to Ile Arugbo, the charity home of the late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki in Ilorin, Kwara state, at least once in a week. Despite the demolition of Ile Arugbo by agents of Kwara State government, the aged women still thronged the place last Friday and again today to receive gifts. Four women in their 70s, who spoke with newsmen at Ile Arugbo on Friday, said that’s the only place in Ilorin where their…

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INEC to security agencies: Your failure to act encourages thuggery

Onyekachi Eze, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has expressed worry at security deployment during elections and said it has left much to be desired. The commission also said that the failure of security agencies to collaborate among encourages thuggery and bad behaviour during elections. INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who spoke Friday at the expanded meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES), reminded heads of security agencies that the purpose of security deployment during elections is to safeguard the integrity of the electoral processes. “No…

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Plateau: Lalong, House Member condemn fresh killing of 13 persons, vows to punished perpetrators

Musa Pam, Jos Plateau State Governor Barr. Simon Bako Lalong and the member representing Plateau South Hon. Bala Fwangje have condemned in strong terms the fresh killing of 13 innocent persons following an attack by gunmen at Kulben village in Kombun district of Mangu LGA on Wednesday night, January 8. Lalong, in a press statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham and issues to journalists in Jos on Thursday described the attack as another attempt to puncture the peace that has gradually returned…

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Niger State pilgrims adjudged best in Israel

Daniel Atori, Jerusalem       Pilgrims from Niger State, Nigeria have been adjudged the best in Israel as an appraisal was carried out by the Tailor Made Tours, Israel on other states that visited the Holy Land between 2019 and date. Making this known at the Jesus Pilgrims ceremony to honour pilgrims at Zipory in Jerusalem, President of the TMT, Israel, Mrs Josephine Zinder on Thursday said: “Nigeria is very precious to Israel because you are one of the countries that come to Jerusalem and respected.” Accordingly, she said:…

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