Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into an ambush and killing of four policemen at Sabon Gida, Ora, in Edo State over the weekend.

 

Reports say the policemen were on patrol when they drove into an ambush by armed robbers, who opened fire and caused their vehicle to burst into flames.

 

The incident on Saturday happened just as the Police High Command was still battling to crack a similar ambush by robbers in Abuja that claimed the lives of seven policemen on 2nd July.

 

However; a statement released by Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, noted that investigations have not established any link between the two incidents.

 

Moshood further disclosed that some public spirited individuals have been giving useful information to the Police in the on-going investigations, requires additional assistance from the public for credible information.

 

He said the Police High Command was also offering five million naira reward to anyone with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the remaining perpetrators of the attack on the seven policemen in Abuja.

 

The Force was also offering additional five million naira reward for information on the gunmen who killed four policemen at Sabon Gida, Ora, in Edo State last Saturday.

 

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has promised that those who stole money belonging to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund will have their day in court.

 

The Acting Chairman of EFCC, IBRAHIM MAGU, gave the assurance when he played host to management staff of TETFUND, led by the Executive Secretary, Abdullahi Baffa, at his office in Abuja.

 

Magu said the anti-graft agency was intensifying investigations across the various zones to identify those who mismanaged funds meant for the development of the educational sector.

 

He said the work at hand was enormous and requires the partnership between EFCC and TETFUND to block all loopholes for corruption by encouraging people to monitor projects and activities of contractors.

 

The EFCC informed the delegation of a recent conviction of secured in Ondo State in a fraud case involving TEFFUND, adding that more suspects are still under the radar of the agency.

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NFF CRISES: PINNICK VS GIWA

Tuesday, 10 July 2018 13:45

Attention has returned to the Federal High Court in Jos where the Amaju Pinnick group has taken the case asking that the order which for Chris Giwa to take office should be vacated.

 

Our man Bello Zech went to the streets to sample the thoughts of football fans on who they think should be the President of the NFF. Let’s take a listen.

 

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Men of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria have arrested eight suspected cultists who fled Andoni to Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State.

 

Our correspondent gathered from a source close to the VGN that the suspected cultists were caught at a forest in Bordor community.

 

They men were apprehended yesterday afternoon while purportedly undergoing some kind of rituals with tortoise, native fowl and goat, in a bid to fortify them for an operation in Andoni.

 

Our source said the young men were immediately handed over the Police Division at Kpor, in Gokana, but it appeared that the local police officers have been put under pressure to release the suspects.

 

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WAKIL GRANTED BAIL BY MAIDUGURI COURT

Friday, 06 July 2018 10:47

 

Former Minister of State for Power, Muhammad Wakil, has been granted bail on a seven-count charge of fraud involving the alleged multimillion dollars alleged looted PDP campaign fund for 2015 elections.

 

Wakil was arraigned alongside Garba Abacha, Ibrahim Shehu Birma, Abubakar Ali Kullima and Muhammad Baba Kachalla before the Federal High Court sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State.

 

The men were alleged to have conspired to commit money laundering to the tune of over three hundred and forty-one million naira looted public fund.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, alleged that the money was part of the sum of one hundred and fifteen million dollars, purportedly distributed to PDP leaders and electoral officials by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Maduke.

 

All five accused persons had pleaded not guilty to the charges and were admitted to bail by Justice Muhammad Tanko Salihu in the sum of ten million naira each, with two sureties in the sum of five million naira each.

 

The Court also ordered that the sureties must have a landed property within or outside the jurisdiction of the court worth the amount of their surety bond.

 

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed in a statement obtained by our correspondent that the case has been adjourned to 1st November for trial.

 

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The trial of former National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki, continues despite being granted bail by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

 

Dasuki is also facing charges before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory over alleged misappropriation of security funds, which is separate from the case for which he was granted bail by Justice Ojukwu.

 

However; the trial at the Abuja High Court has been put off due to the inability of the Federal Government to file the list of exhibits it expects to tender against Dasuki as required by law.

 

 

Following the development; the defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe raised an objection against the continued trial of his client on the ground that the prosecution team led by Rotimi Jacobs has not complied with some provisions of the law.

 

Adedipe informed Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf that without the list of exhibits, he has not been able to prepare his defence in compliance with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

 

In his ruling; Justice Baba-Yusuf upheld the objection by the Defence counsel and directed that the process of law must be complied with in the interest of justice and fair play.

 

The court, therefore, adjourned the trial to 27th and 28th September as well as 8th and 9th October, for the continuation of trial.

 

In the interim; the court ordered that all necessary processes must be filed and served on parties before the returned dates.

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SENATE REACTS TO PROTESTERS

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 15:45

 

The Senate has described those who blocked the entrance to the National Assembly earlier today as sponsored protesters.

 

Our correspondent reports that the Senators unanimously questioned the rationale behind the protest, following a point of order by Senator Barnabas Gemade of Benue North-East.

 

In his remarks; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki ‎condemned the protest, and described the protesters as insensitive and enemies of the people.

 

 

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The prosecution of people who are thought to have benefited from the allegedly looted public fund that was used for the 2015 election campaign of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has shifted to Borno State.

 

In the eye of the storm in the latest phase of the EFCC’s marathon prosecution is a former Minister of State for Power Muhammad Wakil and four others.

 

Wakil and his co-accused persons a seven-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and money laundering to the tune of over three hundred and forty-one million naira.

 

The others are Garba Abacha, Ibrahim Shehu Birma, Abubakar Ali Kullima and Muhammad Baba Kachalla.

 

The five accused persons were arraigned before Justice M.T Salihu of the Federal High Court sitting in Maiduguri

 

The EFCC alleged that the defendants received part of one hundred and fifteen million dollars that was allegedly disbursed by a former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke, with a view to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

 

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said all five defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, and Justice SALIHU is expected to hear the bail applications today.

 

in another development; Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja is due to determine an application by former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Olisa Metuh, seeking to set aside an order foreclosing defence on his four hundred million naira fraud trial.

 

The matter had been slated for the opening of the defense of second defendant, Destra Investment Limited, but was stalled following an application by the defence counsel, Onyeachi Ikpeazu, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

 

Justice Abang stated that the outcome of court’s decision would determine whether the second defendant would be called upon to open its defence.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has secured one hundred and thirty-nine convictions in the prosecution of cases of corruption over the last six months, between January and June this year.

 

The EFCC said fifty of those convictions were recorded in the month of June alone, including former governors of Taraba and Plateau states, Jolly Nyame, and Senator Joshua Dariye, who were jailed for fourteen years each, as well as the conviction of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, JOSEPH NWOBIKE.

 

The anti-graft agency said the record of convictions was significant in many respects, particularly as a mark of consistency in its efforts to change the negative narrative of pervasive corruption in the system and altering the perception that some persons were above the Law.

 

A statement released by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, also noted that several high profile corruption cases are still being prosecuted by the across the country, stressing that it was determined to drive them to logical conclusion.

 

Uwujaren said the EFCC was poised to surpass the one hundred and eighty-nine convictions secured in the prosecution of corruption cases in 2017.

 

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EFCC PARTNERS FBI TO STOP CYBER CRIMES

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 12:03

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has secured the partnership of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation in efforts to tackle cyber-crimes.

 

EFCC’s Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar Abbah, confirmed the development when he played host to an FBI delegation led by George Piro, at his office in Abuja.

 

ABBAH was quoted in a statement released by EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, saying the trends in global security show that cyber-crimes are the latest forms of terrorism and corruption.

 

He said the proliferation of criminal activities on the cyber space has become a growing concern affecting all nations in the 21st century.

 

The EFCC official said petitions emanating from cyber-crimes have been on the increase on the EFCC website.

 

He noted that such cams are being duly investigated by the Cyber Crimes Unit with a view to bringing the culprits to justice.

 

On his part; the leader of the FBI delegation, George Piro said their visit to Nigeria was informed by the performance of the EFCC and to strengthen the mutually beneficial partnership between the two agencies.

 

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