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Wadume: Soldiers Face Dismissal As DHQ Panel Concludes Report

Sahara Reporters - 24 August 2019 - 3:52am


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Personnel of the Nigerian Army that took part in the killing of three policemen and a civilian in Taraba State may be dismissed any moment from now following the conclusion of findings by the seven-man Joint Investigative Panel set up by the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, to probe the incident.

According to a report by PUNCH, top military sources said the findings was believed to have indicted some army and police personnel as well as a few civilians, noting that the officers and soldiers would likely face court-martial and dismissal, “going by their level of culpability.”

After sitting for three days, the panel concluded its work at the Defence Intelligence Agency, Abuja, during which it grilled army officers, soldiers, policemen and the suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume.

The panel headed by Rear Admiral Ibikunle Olaiya, has top officers drawn from the police, army, navy, air force, the Department of State Services and the DIA.

The police had on Monday night rearrested Wadume at a hideout in the Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State following a manhunt for him following his release by the soldiers, who prevented the slain policemen from taking him to the Command Headquarters in Jalingo, Taraba State on August 6.

A military source said, “The panel had been in Abuja for a few days. They sat at the Defence Intelligence Agency.

“The panel had put its report together. They are going to submit by Monday to the Chief of Defence Staff.

“All the officers and soldiers identified have already been grilled. The outcome and culpability of the personnel will determine their court-martial and dismissal.

“But if they are deeply involved, their trial is automatic.”

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Buhari Will Torture Igbo Attackers Of Ekweremadu If Extradited, HURIWA Tells Germany

Sahara Reporters - 24 August 2019 - 2:06am


 

Fearing that the President Muhammadu Buhari regime would subject them to torture and dehumanizing conditions under indefinite detention in underground cells of the department of State Services (DSS), the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has advised Germany not to extradite the alleged attackers of the Senator Ike Ekweremadu to Nigeria.

HURIWA stated that any attempts by the German government to accede to Buhari's demand to extradite the alleged attackers "to face uncertainty would amount to the breach of international human rights laws".

The group reminded the German authorities that Buhari "treats court's decisions with a disdain which means that he will inevitably subject those citizens to extralegal punishments".

HURIWA's argument was contained in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, which was released today (Saturday). 

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The group added that it would write to Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, to oppose the possible extradition of those alleged to have attacked Ekweremadu.

"We are shocked to read that the alleged attackers of the former deputy senate president, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu have been identified by Bavaria state police in Germany going by the hints from an official of the foreign affairs ministry in Abuja who also said that the Bavaria state police have analyzed the attack videos and identified four of the suspected attackers and went ahead to disclose that he cannot reveal their identities for now because the German authorities are now cooperating with us and investigating the attack," the statement said.

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Internet Scams: US Arraigns Nigerians Arrested In Los Angeles Over 252-count Indictment

Sahara Reporters - 24 August 2019 - 1:56am


 

The United States of America has arraigned Nigerian fraudsters arrested from Los Angeles garage in connection with multiple online scams and money laundering.

According to ABCNews, the suspects were arraigned in a federal court on Friday following their arrest on Thursday.

"It was not immediately known if they had attorneys who could speak on their behalf," the ABCNews reported.

It added that two of the suspects were previously in custody and a few others were arrested earlier this week.

Nick Hanna, United States' attorney for the Central District of California, said he hoped to be able to work with foreign governments to extradite the remaining defendants.

They all face charges of conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft, and some are charged with additional offences for alleged fraud and money laundering.
 

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How Nigerian Fraudsters Scammed Japanese Woman of $200,000 -US DoJ

Sahara Reporters - 24 August 2019 - 1:46am


 

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.
 

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VIDEO: How US Police Arrested Nigerians Indicted In Multiple Frauds

Sahara Reporters - 24 August 2019 - 1:38am


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A video of how some of the Nigerians indicted in the 252-count charge bordering on various online scams and money laundering has emerged.

United States-based ABC News uploaded a 46-second clip showing how the US law enforcement officers arrested some of these male Nigerians from their different hideouts.

The Department of Justice on Thursday revealed the names of 77 Nigerians who engaged in various financial malfeasance in the US. 

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Meanwhile, the federal government has advised Nigerians indicted by the US to surrender or risk extradition.

Following that announcement, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed to have rounded up 16 internet fraudsters in collaboration with the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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FBI, EFCC Arrest 16 Fraudsters As Magu Says Nigeria's 'Yahoo Boys' Relocating To Ghana

Sahara Reporters - 24 August 2019 - 1:30am


 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in collaboration with the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested 16 cybercrime suspects since the joint operation code-named, Operation Wire Wire, was launched.

Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the EFCC, said this on Friday while hosting the Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, in his office in Abuja.

He vowed to identify and bring the suspects to justice, adding that following the onslaught and intensified raids on their hideouts by the EFCC, they relocated to Ghana.

He said: “It is very sad. It’s like the era of these 419ners and 'Yahoo Boys' is coming back.

“I remember we worked with the FBI in Lagos and others. We carried out 'Operation Wire Wire'. We are re-energizing; we will go out and storm all their hideouts. Most of them have relocated to Ghana because the heat is on them.”

He pledged the readiness of the commission to sustain the ongoing collaboration with relevant agencies, with a view to curbing the menace of cybercrimes.
 

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Boko Haram Engaging In Fishery To Fund Terrorism -Nigerian Army

Sahara Reporters - 24 August 2019 - 1:19am


 

Olusegun Adeniyi, the head of the military counter-insurgency operations in the North-East (Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole), says the military will now move against the finances of Boko Haram.

He said this would be done by restricting their fishing activities anywhere in the country.

Adeniyi said this while addressing journalists in Maiduguri on Friday regarding vehicles, fish, hides, and skin, seized from transporters believed to have been trading with the Boko Haram insurgents.  See Also Exclusive Boko Haram Takes Over Nigerian Navy Base On Lake Chad 0 Comments 2 Months Ago

Adeniyi revealed that four vehicles conveying insurgents’ fishery products were seized on Maiduguri-Ngala Road by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

According to him, the military has not moved out of Borno State but changed its strategies to prevent attacks on its base.

He added that troops had vacated the trenches and reduced the roadblocks and in its stead, evolved mobile units where the troops rove troubled areas.

He said the military found out that the stationed formation made it easy for the insurgents to attack military facilities but with the latest strategy, he pointed out, the insurgents would be in for a surprise.

He said: “Boko Haram insurgents have a running business to generate money to fund their dastardly activities. We fully recognize the fishery industry in Nigeria but the fishery done by Boko Haram is to create confusion, continue insurgency and destruction of the North-East.

“Anybody who allows his horse or camel to carry fish for the Boko Haram, you are part of the insurgents because you are aiding them.”

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Local Govts Vs State Govts: ALGON Rejects 23% Revenue Sharing Formula, Demands 35%

Sahara Reporters - 24 August 2019 - 1:11am


L-R: Secretary, Conference 57, Hon. Ajala Razaq, the Chairman, Hon. Kolade Alabi and Assistant Secretary, Hon. Adeola Olajobi, during a media briefing to debunk allegations of deduction of LG Funds by the State Governor, at the Conference Room, Bariga Loc

L-R: Secretary, Conference 57, Hon. Ajala Razaq, the Chairman, Hon. Kolade Alabi and Assistant Secretary, Hon. Adeola Olajobi, during a media briefing at the Conference Room, Bariga LCDA in 2015 LTV

 

The 774 local governments in Nigeria have rejected the 23 percent revenue sharing formula proposed by state governors.

The council chairmen under the aegis of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria demanded 35 percent from federal revenue.

Alabi David, ALGON's National President, told Punch in an interview that their 35 percent demand became imperative following the huge responsibilities of the councils.

He argued that the present system where the federal government got the highest allocation was not good for the country in terms of infrastructural development.

He stressed that with the reality on the ground, the local governments should get the highest allocation followed by the states while the federal government should get the least percentage.

This, he said, would enable the local governments to tackle issues of insecurity and other issues pertinent to development in their areas.

He explained: “We should get not less than 35 percent. The current allocation sharing formula is supposed to be the other way round. At the moment, the Federal Government is getting the highest allocation, whereas we are getting only 20.6 percent. It ought to be the other way round because the aggregate of the development that you have in local government areas make a state. If you go to some local government areas, we do not even have roads.

“So, we have a lot of infrastructural deficit in all the local government areas in the country. To tackle these infrastructural challenges, the councils need a lot of money and that is why we asking for more.”

The ALGON president argued that the overheads of the local governments had eaten deep into their capital and that the paucity of funds had not allowed the local governments to carry out their obligations to the public.

He said: “You will discover that we spend so much money on teachers’ salaries as well as staff salaries. States cannot take over primary education from us; it is our statutory responsibility and we have the capacity and capabilities to handle it.

“But, if there is a proper review of the sharing formula and more money comes to the local government areas, then the development in the local councils will be meaningful. Again, when we talk about security in Nigeria, how do we tackle insecurity? You can tackle insecurity right from the local government level.

“The model that we are using at the moment is the top-bottom system and that is why development is not going round the whole of the country. So, if we adopt the bottom-top approach, we would have a lot of development at the grassroots level and we are not asking for too much.

“If it is a minimum of 35 percent that comes to the councils, then we are going to have meaningful development in Nigeria. I can assure you that we can tackle insecurity from the local government level in collaboration with major stakeholders. The councils are critical stakeholders to work with in order to solve security challenges facing Nigeria. They are not just critical stakeholders but also a major one in Nigeria.”

“We can tackle insecurity from the local government area because any crime that is committed today in any part of Nigeria definitely took place at a ward in a local government. So, you will see that if that responsibility is given to the local government, they can tackle it.”

He further argued that profiling of persons and registration of all domestic staff members could be done with ease at the local government level, noting that such could help in tackling insecurity.

“Why can’t we equip all the police stations in all the local government areas as well as profiling of persons and criminals?” he stated.

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Disgrace, Arrest Buhari In Japan, Kanu Tells IPOB Members

Sahara Reporters - 24 August 2019 - 12:48am


IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

 

Nnamdi Kalu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, has ordered IPOB members to attack Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari in Japan.

President Buhari will be travelling to Japan on Sunday to attend Tokyo International Conference on African Development, in the City of Yokohama from August 28 to 30.

Daring Buhari on Friday, Kanu said IPOB supporters in Japan had received orders from him to disgrace and arrest the president when he arrived in the Asian country on Sunday.

Kanu ordered the group to arrest the president and hand him over to the Japan authorities for his supposed human rights violation between 2015  and 2019.

He also stated that IPOB would be ready for the legal consequences of their actions.

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EFCC Arrests Kwara TV GM, Three Others Over Land Fraud

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 5:05pm


 

General Manager of Kwara State Television Authority, Abdulfatai Adebowale, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Adebowale was arrested alongside two staff of the state television authority.

He was arrested for selling 10 plots of land given to the TV station by the state government and converted the proceeds to his personal use.

The dissatisfied staff of the station in their petition to the EFCC said, “Since 2014 to date, the said plots of land were hijacked by Adebowale against the purpose intended by the state government.

“In 2017, the in-house Union of the Corporation Radio, Television, Theatre and Art Workers started agitation for the recovery of the land from him, which led to plethora of correspondences between the union and the Office of the Kwara State Head of Service.

“The union wrote the Kwara State Bureau of Land, requesting for the allocation papers in a quest to recover the said land, converted by Adebowale as his personal property but all to no avail.”

The EFCC said that all the suspects are in detention and would be arraigned in court at the end of investigations.







 

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African Games: Flying Eagles Qualify For Semifinal

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 4:47pm


 

The Flying Eagles of Nigeria on Friday booked a semi-finals place in the men’s football event of the 12th All African Games following a 2-2 draw against host, Morocco, in their last Group A match.

The team fought back twice in the game to condemn the hosts to an early exit from the competition.

The hosts, who needed a win to advance to the semi-finals stage, started strongly and scored an early goal in the game, according to the BBC.

The Flying Eagles fought back and got a deserved equaliser late in the first half with Abubakar Ibrahim converting from the spot after Ahmad Ghali was brought down inside the box.

Morocco regained the lead from the spot early in the second half after a Flying Eagles player handled the ball in the box

However, substitute Emeka Chinonso saved Nigeria by netting the equaliser deep into stoppage time.

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FBI List: No Hiding Place For Suspects, Says Magu

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 4:44pm


Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

 

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, has said that the agency will fish out some of the 77 Nigerian suspects involved in massive wire fraud schemes in the United States.

The EFCC boss said he suspected that the number of Nigerian fingered in the fraud would be more than 77 going by the joint operation of the EFCC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the past few months.

Magu, who spoke during a visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the EFCC will fully cooperate with the FBI.

In the 145-page indictment released by the US Department of Justice, the defendants are accused of participating in massive online frauds to defraud victims and money laundering.

Magu said there will be no hiding place for anyone no matter how highly placed.

He said, “We’ll cooperate with other stakeholders and other law enforcement agencies in this country and outside the country like the FBI and the NCA and other law enforcement agencies in neighbouring countries to make sure we deal with this issue.”

 

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CBN Injects $297m Into Secondary Market

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 4:28pm


 

The Central Bank of Nigeria has injected $297.92m dollars into the retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales.

Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Isaac Okorafor, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Okarafor disclosed that CBN also injected CNY21.2m in the spot and short-tenured forwards segment of the inter-bank foreign market.

According to him, the United States dollars-denominated transactions are to meet requests in the agricultural and raw materials sectors, while those in Chinese Yuan are for Renminbi-denominated Letters of Credit.

Okorafor reiterated that the bank’s management was satisfied with the continued stability in the foreign exchange market.

He assured that the CBN remained committed to meeting foreign exchange needs of all sectors of the economy.

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Border Security: No Need For Panic, Says Nigeria Customs Service

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 3:50pm


 

The Nigeria Customs Service has said that members of the public need not panic following the presence of security agencies at the Seme Border linking the country with the Republic of Benin.

Denying closure of the border, the NCS said that the ongoing joint security exercise in the area was to tackle transborder crimes.

Public Relations Officer of the NCS, Joseph Attah, on Friday urged the public and travellers to go about their activities without fear as the situation was under control.

He said, “Our attention was drawn to what happened at the Seme Border on Wednesday due to a slight misconception but it was immediately resolved.

“Whoever has valid document is free to come into the country but those without legitimate documents will not be allowed into our country.

“The initial take-off of the joint security exercise commenced on Tuesday afternoon. For people to see increased security operatives at the border, it is normal that there could be a misconception.”

Attah added that the joint exercise was timely because of security challenges such as terrorism, importation of illegal arms, and increased illegal migration.

The joint exercise is being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser, it was gathered.

 

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FBI List: South African Firm Educates Citizens On How To Avoid Nigerian 'Romance Scams'

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 2:34pm


 

Following the announcement by United Stares authorities of charges against 80 people, most of them Nigerians, in a wide-ranging fraud and money laundering operation that netted millions of dollars from victims of Internet scam, Mercury, a South African online newspaper, has come up with useful tips to avoid falling victim to online scams.

Mecury reports that dating and romance scams are fast-growing areas of online fraud and there are a huge number of fake profiles on dating sites.

Full list of tips:

If you’re suspicious, Google the message text he/she sends to you - unlike spam, dating scams require a fair amount of work from the criminals – so they tend to cut corners. Often, the ‘romantic’ message you receive has been sent to dozens of other people. Put quotes around it and Google it, if it brings up results from former victims, you should start to worry. Ask advice from a site administrator, or a friend.

Don’t be ashamed to ‘play detective’ – millions of people use dating sites but they do carry risks that normal dating don’t. You don’t know whether the person you are speaking to is real, where they’re from, or someone different.

In the old days, you would often meet people via friends of friends but you don’t have this reassurance online. So, play detective. If they won’t tell you where they work, worry.

Likewise, if they keep asking questions about you but never answer any about themselves, worry. Search for them on LinkedIn or just via Google – it’s almost impossible not to leave traces online these days. If someone has not, they probably aren’t real.

If their photos are really glossy, be afraid – 0ddly, one of the giveaways that the messenger may not be, who they seem to be is that they look too good – as in, the photographs are professional. Few normal people would make this much effort but for a cybercriminal, the easiest way to create a fake profile is to use glamorous pictures from the web shot by professional photographers.

Don’t hand over information bit by bit – dating sites are a huge growth area for cybercrime and scams vary from simple cons where people are asked for money for visas to classic phishing. The problem is that handing over information is a normal part of romance but perfect for identity thieves. Until you have verified that the person is genuine, do not give out your address, ever, and if possible, limit other details such as workplaces and contact details.

Don’t share ‘racy’ photos with people you have not met. One variation of today’s dating scams is a simple one – blackmail. Do not hand over pictures you would be embarrassed to publish online, otherwise you’re at risk from blackmailers. Even racy messages can be a tool for criminals, particularly if you’re attached.  Keep things clean until you know your ‘romance’ is real. Allowing someone to see you via webcam or to for instance undress on webcam is particularly risky.

If your messenger sends you a photo, which you need to click on, worry – a Nigerian ‘scam factory’ exposed by Brian Krebs used various methods to defraud wannabe lovers but one was to promise an image but instead send a file containing a banking malware. Keep antivirus software running and be wary of profiles without images in the first place. If they have an image, ask them to add it to their profile.

Don’t be persuaded to switch to another social network, email or IM – millions of people use dating sites and the ‘big’ sites are facing epidemic levels of fake profiles, phishing and other scams, so cybercriminals will often persuade victims to switch to another site either a social site or simply email. This way, they can continue the fraud in private.

If you think, “it’s all happening so fast”, it’s time to worry – dating scams are one of the few areas of cybercrime where gangs play a ‘long game’ – sometimes stringing victims along for weeks or months. But most are impatient to be paid, so any online ‘lover’, who declares undying love in the space of a few emails should be regarded with extreme suspicion.

Do not send money, ever – the ‘red flag’ moment comes when your ‘lover’ asks for money. Do not send it – whether it’s for flights or for life-saving surgery, even if the story is so tragic you feel that you must help.

If the subject of money comes up early in the relationship, be wary. If someone outright asks for a bank transfer, you may well be dealing with a criminal. Speak to site administrator if possible.       

 

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N20bn Fraud: Prosecute Okorocha, Others, Rights Group Tells EFCC

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 1:44pm


 

Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, a rights advocacy group, has called for the prosecution of Rochas Okorocha, former governor of Imo State, over an alleged N20bn contract fraud.

This was contained in a petition sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission by the group.

A project document had shown how Okorocha awarded N20bn contract to Zigreat International Company Limited, a firm that failed to meet all procurement requirements.

In a petition signed by Okere Nnamdi, its director, and addressed to the anti-graft agency, the group alleged that Okorocha directed one Eze Enwereaku and Duru Onyeobi to register a company named Zigreat International Company Limited.

The petition reads, “Rochas Okorocha merely used the company to perfect his looting of Imo treasury by appointing/recommending who are the signatures to the company’s bank account and this put him in direct control of the finances paid into the company’s account through the award of fake and over-inflated contracts.

“Within a period of six years, Zigreat International Company Limited executed so many over-inflated contracts which were not formerly bided and published in newspapers (due process) as required in the Procurement Act and thereby corruptly avoided probity, accountability and transparency in the entire procurement processes.

“The entire contracts awarded to Zigreat International Company Limited breached the law by avoiding pricing standard that ensures fair competition, transparency, value for money in public sector procurement.

“Please kindly investigate the actual cost of the contracts executed and recover the inflated resources/amounts paid to the contractor and pay the money back to Imo State treasury,

“Arrest and prosecute all person found to have taken part or benefited in these illegal and over-inflated contracts by the Okorocha administration in Imo State.”

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Nigerian Government To Censor Online Radio, TV Stations

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 1:42pm


 

The Nigerian Government has expressed readiness to control online radio and television stations, adding that the move became necessary to curb fake news.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made the announcement on Friday in Abuja.

In a statement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, Mohammed said, “I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that Mr President has already approved a review of the Broadcast Code that is going to take care of many of the issues you have already raised here.

“In particular, the President has approved that online television stations and radio stations, including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria, will be licensed because we must bring sanity into this industry.

“Mr President has also approved a wide range of reforms in the industry which, at the appropriate platform, I will let you know.”

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Rape: COZA Pastor, Fatoyinbo, Explains Why He Shunned PFN Panel

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 1:38pm


 

Founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, on Friday said that he did not appear before a panel set up by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to investigate allegations of rape against him by Busola, wife of musician, Timi Dakolo, because it appeared biased.

Fatoyinbo, who spoke through his senior assistant, Ademola Adetuberu, added that he was advised by his lawyers not to appear before the panel because it was prejudiced and may not conduct an impartial session.

Adetuberu said, “We recall that when Pastor Fatoyinbo was invited by a phone call a few days ago by Pastor Akinola Akinwale, who is the National Administrative Secretary of PFN, we explained that our pastor would not honour the invitation due to legal advice hinged on the ongoing police investigation.

“The legal advice was also premised on the press statement issued and personally signed by the PFN President, Bishop Felix Omobude, where our pastor was publicly disowned.

“Based on the foregoing, we are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the PFN was already prejudiced and may not conduct an impartial session.”

Though Fatoyinbo said that the panel did not make a written invitation to him, he stated that he would appear before the panel after the conclusion of the police probe into the rape allegations.

 

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Impeachment: CJ Constitutes Panel To Investigate Kogi Deputy Governor

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 1:34pm


 

The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah, on Friday constituted a seven-man panel to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against deputy governor of the state, Simon Achuba, by the state’s House of Assembly.

According to Ajanah, the constitution of the panel was in line with the provisions of section 188 of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

Chairman of the panel is Mr John Baiyeshea while Hajiya Bilikisu Basher, Mr William Aliwo, Canon Z. Asun, Alhaji Isa Adeboye, Muhammed Aikoye and Mr Ada Shaibu are members.

Ajanah said that the panel would be inaugurated on Monday, September 26 at the state High Court complex in Lokoja, the capital.

Recall that the state House had during its plenary on August 20 called on Ajanah to constitute a panel to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against Achuba.

The House made the request following adoption of a motion by Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello-Balogun, calling for investigation into the allegations towards impeachment of the deputy governor.


 

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Nigerian Gets 46 Months Jail Term For $8M Fraud In US

Sahara Reporters - 23 August 2019 - 1:32pm


 

Ayodeji Temitayo Fatunmbi, a 47-year old Nigerian, has been sentenced to 46 months imprisonment in the United States for his involvement in a health care fraud.

According to the US Department of Justice, Fatunmbi was found guilty of a Durable Medical Equipment scheme in which more than $8m was fraudulently billed to medicare for DME that was not necessary.

US District Judge, Christina Snyder, of the Central District of California, convicted and sentenced him accordingly.

He was also ordered to pay $1,076,893.15 in restitution. 

In a statement by the Department of Justice, Fatunmbi pleaded guilty on May 8, 2019 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The statement reads, “Fatunmbi was charged along with Olufunke Fadojutimi, 47, of Carson, California, and Maritza Elizabeth Velasquez, 44, of Las Vegas, Nevada.”

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