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January 28, 202000

 

Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on Monday, January 27, 2020 sentenced Emmanuel Yakubu to eight years jail term and ordered him to make a restitution of N12, 300,000.00 (Twelve Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira) to his victim.

In sentencing the convict, Justice Fadawu ruled that in default of making the restitution, the convict will spend additional six years in a correctional centre, which shall run consecutively from the day of sentencing.

The convict,  a CEO of a non-governmental organization, Young Aid International Humanitarian was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal office on a one-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related offences Act, 2006.

Yakubu’s  journey to prison started when the EFCC received a petition against him from one Kieran Felix Zirra, alleging that, sometime in March, 2019 one Moses Bulus (now a convict) approached him with a purported purchase order for the supply of emergency shelter kits to the sum of over N19million.

Investigation by the EFCC revealed that on April 9, 2019, Zirra supplied the said emergency kits which was delivered and verified by the logistic officer of Young Aid International Humanitarian.

The charge reads: “That you, Emmanuel Yakubu Usman, while being the Head of Mission and Executive Director of Young Aid International (Non Governmental Organisaton) sometime between April, 2019 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N10,000.000.00 (Ten Million Naira) from one Kieran Felix Zirra into your corporate account, Mega-Scale Global Enterprises with account No. 008569089, domiciled in Union Bank Plc under the false pretence that the said sum represents payment towards the execution of a purported contract of supply, awarded by you to Heavy Dollar Global Company, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The convict pleaded not guilty to the charge, prompting his trial. In the course of the trial, prosecution  counsel, Benjamin Manji presented six witnesses and tendered several documents as exhibits in the court.


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January 27, 202050

The Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday January 27, 2020, arraigned one Markus Adamu Maina, before Justice Luka Abba of the State High Court, Kafanchan, Kaduna State, on a two-count charge bordering, on alleged cheating and criminal breach of trust to the tune of over N9million.

Maina’s luck ran out when his victim, Navy Captain Kwabe, in 2017, petitioned to the EFCC, alleged that the defendant defrauded him to the tune of over N9million in an investment on ginger.

The petitioner alleged that he paid the sum of N9, 7000 (Nine Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira) into Markus’ account domiciled in an old generation bank with each bag of ginger, valued at N20, 000, with a commission of N750, when the produce is eventually sold.

According to Kwabe, when it was the time to dispose the produce in the market, he discovered a foul play from the accused and therefore, requested that his money be returned to him for which he said, he has received no dime till date.

Count one of the charge reads: “that you Markus Adamu, (“m”) sometime in February, 2017, in Kaduna within the Judicial Division of this honourable court, while being entrusted with dominion over property to wit; the sum of N9,750,000 (Nine Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) by one Navy Captain Kwabe for the purpose of buying 500 (Five Hundred) bags of dry ginger for which you did, dishonestly misappropriated the remaining 50 bags of ginger in violation of a legal contract and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code (Cap. 110) Laws of Kaduna State 1991 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Law.”

The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges, prompting prosecuting counsel, E.K Garba, to urge the court for a commencement date of trial, and for the defendant to be remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Service, NCS. The defence counsel, B.E Wadah, however asked the court to admit his client to bail.

Justice Abba admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N2million (Two Million Naira) and one surety in like some. The surety, the judge added must have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court. He adjourned the case to March 9, 2020, for commencement of trial.


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January 22, 202090

 

The Nigerians Army has moved swiftly to thwart any attempts to set up check points across Borneo State.

It therefore advised motorists against stopping at irregular security check points on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road.

This was revealed on Tuesday by Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, in Maiduguri.

He said that intelligence reports indicates that Boko Haram were mounting road blocks and attacking motorist on the road.

Agency reports day Adeniyi listed the designated check points to include Njimtilo, Auno, Jakana, Ngamdu and Kukareta.

Adeniyi however assured motorists that the road was secure as the military intensified patrol and deployed additional personnel to guarantee safety of road users.

Agency reports said the new measures had denied the insurgents freedom to attack commuters as well as villages along the highway.

“The problem is that Boko Haram dressed in Nigeria army stolen uniforms, having painted Hilux in Nigeria army special camouflage colours, stop some vehicles and abduct innocent Nigerian,” he revealed amid warning for motorists to exercise caution.

“So between Maiduguri and Damaturu, I have ordered that no checking of persons except at recognized checkpoint inside Auno, Jakana, Minok, Banishaik, Ngamdu, Kukareta” he pointed out.

He added, “Those check points have been there for years and they do not even check individuals, they just make sure Boko Haram do not sneak terrorists and IED-laden vehicles into the two cities.

“So if anybody is being asked to stop in between this towns, he should be very wary,” eh advised assuring that, “A lot of soldiers and other security personnel are on that road 24 hours.”

Adeniyi said that the command had launched several military operations along the road to route out the insurgents hibernating around the highway to cause havoc.

“Other military operations were carried out on the road and several kilometers away from the road. More resources are being put on that road because we realized how vital that road is to all Nigerians,” he said.

The theatre commander said that the insurgents had adopted the ISIS style of winning the minds and heart of the civil populace by not attacking them in most cases with a view to set up a caliphate.

“When they enter villages, they will tell them (people) not to run, that they should cool down that they are not there to harm them. They are doing this in hope that they are going to form whatever geographical entity that also run a fake state like ISIS.”

Adeniyi said massive operations were currently ongoing across the northeast to decimate the terrorist and rescue captured victims.

“Everyday, there are military operations throughout the Northeast. Except Boko Haram will take these people out of Nigeria, our military operations will surely reach wherever they are and by God’s grace, we will rescue them.

“I am assuring Nigerians that we will not relent in our effort to make sure we get to everywhere. We just left Mandara mountains and we know the number we rescued.”

Daily Mail reports that the Army has expanded its scope of intelligence gathering to meet renewed challenges posed by Boko Haram and other insurgent groups, which continue to morph their method of operations.


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January 22, 202060

Troops of Nigerian Navy have arrested a kidnapping and armed robbery gang who have been terrorising  Southern Kaduna, Benue and Niger states.

The troops which carried out this harvest f arrests are from the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology (NNSAT), Kachi, Kaduna state.

The gang of these kidnappers and armed robbers have been responsible for many untold stories of people being kidnapped for ransom while citizens of these States fell under the spell of serious robberies.

Confirming the development on Tuesday in Kaduna State, the Commandant of the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology, Kachia, Rear Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani, said it took serious four months of surveillance to undertake the successful arrests.

Pani, who handed the suspects to the Department of State Security (DSS) in Kaduna said the Naval operatives rescued 28 kidnapped victims from kidnappers dens while arresting some of the suspected kidnappers and others who involve in crimes of cattle rustling and banditry in Kaduna State and environs.

“Some of them were caught in isolated forests where they were hibernating, while others were caught in hotels and their houses,” Pani revealed.

Speaking further, he said, “The arrested criminals include Abubakar Duguri alias Kure, Saleh Magaji alias Bodori, Idris Iliyasu, Auwal Yahyah, Monore Abu. Others are Mohammed Wakili, Tanimu Ibrahim alias Sambo, Abdullahi Adamu alias Yellow and Umar Alhassan.

“These criminals are responsible for various criminal activities such as kidnapping, armed banditry and cattle rustling in Kachia and other parts of the State.

“Various items were recovered from them which include weapons, motorbikes and military camouflage uniforms, amongst others, which they use for their operations.

“Some of the victims of the criminals who were unable to meet their demands were instantly killed while others were either maimed or injured.

“Also, some of the female victims were raped.”

Continuing Rear Admiral Pani said, “In line with the mandate of ‘Operation Yaki’, the Kaduna State Internal Security Operations, this morning, we are handing over the criminals to the Department of State Services for profiling and further investigation.

“We want to assure Nigerians that the Nigerian Navy will continue to do her best in collaboration with other security agencies to protect lives and properties of citizens of this nation.”

Daily Mail reports that these gang of robbers and kidnappers often killed their victims if they were unable to pay ransom. In some instances they were killed despite collecting ransom.


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January 21, 202050

18 Nigerians to be extradited soon to face corruption charges – Magu

About 18 high profiled Nigerians in different parts of the world will be extradited soon to face corruption charges, Acting Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Ibrahim Magu, stated on Tuesday.

He told reporters in Ilorin, capital of Kwara that, “The request of President Muhammadu Buhari in London for the extradition of alleged looters is just the beginning of the fight against corruption in Nigeria. We are going to extradite more Nigerians to come and face trial in Nigeria.

“We will bring back all the looters who are hiding outside this country. The fight against corruption has just started I am telling you. It will be renewed this year. It is going to be vigorous.”

Magu described the insinuation that the EFCC is established Kwara purposely to deal with former Senator Bukola Saraki as unfair.

“Kwara is one of the oldest states in the country. It deserves the headquarters of the EFCC. There was a time there were 12 states in Nigeria and Ilorin was a state capital of Kwara.

“You should be protesting why EFCC was not brought here earlier. Not because of an individual, far from that,” he added.

Speaking on his non confirmation as the substantive EFCC chair, Magu said: “I feel great. I am not worried. It is Gods that appoints and does otherwise. If God says you are holding a position, whether you are confirmed or unconfirmed when it is your time to leave you will leave. I believe very much in that.”

(With agency reports)


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January 20, 202080

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office at the weekend, arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular ‘Club 360,’ located on Akala Expressway, Oluyole Extension, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The Commission revealed this in a statement released on Monday by the Head of Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade.

The statement said in preparation for the late night operation, officers of the Commission had carried out series of discreet surveillance on the nature of activities going on in the nightclub which established that it was a hangout for fraudsters.

Aside the 89 arrested suspects, the raid led to the confiscation of scores of vehicles, laptops, sophisticated phones and other items.

The suspects are undergoing further interrogation.


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January 20, 202060

The Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, has arraigned Aisha Alkali Wakil better known as “Mama Boko Haram”.

She was arraigned at the Maiduguri Zonal Office on Monday, January 20, 2020, alongside Tahir Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyade, before Justice Aisha Kumalia of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on an amended five-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and cheating to the tune of N111, 650,000 (One Hundred and Eleven Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).

A statement signed by Head of Media and Publicity to the Commission, Tony Orilade and received on Monday by Daily Mail explained that investigation by the EFCC reveals the defendants sometime in 2018 conspired and falsely presented to one Mohammad Umar Mohammed, purported contracts for installation and servicing of 10 pieces of Chison 600A, 2009 version deluxe ultra sound system and the supply of white beans through their non-governmental organisation (Complete Care and Aid Foundation).

According to count five of the charges, “That you, Aisha Alkali Wakil, Tahiru Saidu Daura, and Prince Shoyade, whilst being chief  executive officer, programme manager and country director respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation (a non-governmental organisation) and Saidu Muktar (now at large) sometime in October, 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, induced one Mohammed Umar Mohammed of Nyeuro International Limited to deliver to you 3,000 (three thousand) bags of 50kg white beans worth N65,000,000.00 (Sixty Five Million Naira) under the guise of executing a purported contract of supply of the said beans which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320(a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Borno State Penal Code Laws Cap 102.”   

They pleaded not guilty to all the charges, prompting prosecution counsel, Benjamin Manji to apply for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendants in the Nigerian Correctional Centre pending the determination of the case.

Justice Kumalia ordered that the defendants be remanded in a correctional centre and adjourned the case until February, 10, 11 & 12, 2020 for commencement of trial. 


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December 16, 2019220

The trial of Mohammed Dangana, a staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, continued on December 16 before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja with the third witness, Adedeji Adelabu, a bureau de change operator, telling the court that he purchased dollars to the tune of $9.8 million from the defendant.

Dangana, an executive assistant to the Financial Controller, ECOWAS Commission Secretariat, Abuja, is under prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a 15-count charge, bordering on criminal diversion of funds, misappropriation and money laundering to the tune of over N587.7 million.

According to Adelabu, all the naira payments made for the purchase of the estimated $9.8 million were done at the agreed rates to the various accounts provided by the defendant. He said the payments were dully confirmed received as instructed, with the dollar proceeds given to them accordingly.

The witness gave details of some of the transactions involving the defendant to the tune of $1 million on June 30, 2016 and another transaction of $1 million on July 4, 2019 at the prevailing rate of N347 to a dollar.

Adelabu added that other transactions were done afterwards and that in total, an approximate sum of $9.8 million was purchased and all payments were made as directed by the defendant.

When asked about his relationship with Cactus Facility Management Company, into which several millions were paid, he said he had no relationship outside the instructions given to make payments to the account.

The witness told the court that payments were made into various accounts, including Dashad & Co, Rite Option Ventures Ltd, Crossgains Trading and Investment Ltd, Cactus Facility Management Company, Saldano Chambers, ECOWAS account and others.

The matter was adjourned until December 17, 2019, for continuation of trial.


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December 16, 2019680

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Alleged car theft: Court orders arrest, arraignment of Naira Marley

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A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday ordered that a Nigerian musician, Adeyemi Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, should be arrested and arraigned over alleged car theft.

The chief magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, ordered that the Investigating Police Officer, Sgt. Sunday Idoko, handling the case must present Naira Marley in court on the next date of adjournment.

However, two of the musician’s brothers and his cousins appeared in court over alleged theft of a car and a cell phone.

He said the trio, who were in a motorcade with Naira Marley, stole a Toyota Camry vehicle with Registration No. FEE 120 AA valued at N1.8 million and an IPhone X5 worth N330,000 belonging to one Mr Adelekan Ademola.

He added that the three defendants and others at large assaulted the complainant by beating him up.

Okoi alleged that the second defendant, Babatunde Fashola and others at large obstructed the police while performing their lawful duty and prevented them from arresting Naira Marley.

“One of the vehicles in the musician’s motorcade hit the complainant’s vehicle from the back while he was throwing out money from his vehicle to his fans.

“When the complainant came down from the vehicle to inspect the damage, Obere entered into the complainant’s Camry and drove it off with the motorcade.

“Ademola reported to the police and the vehicle was tracked to where it was parked at Jakande Crescent, Oniru in Lagos.

“When the police arrived at the location in company with the complainant, Naira Marley and his boys started beating the complainant.

“A group of boys obstructed the police from arresting the musician but they were able to apprehend the three defendants,” he alleged.

He said the offences contravened Sections 112,172, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

(NAN)


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October 20, 2019580

ABDUCTED ACP RESCUED UNHURT. TWO MALE SUSPECTS ARRESTED.

The Nigerian Police Force announced late Sunday evening it has rescued ACP Musa Rabo abducted over the weekend.

In its verified Twitter handle @PoliceNG, it said, “ABDUCTED ACP RESCUED UNHURT. TWO MALE SUSPECTS ARRESTED.

“Musa Rabo abducted over the weekend was today 20th October 2019 rescued unhurt.”

It added that, “The officer was successfully rescued this evening by a combined team of Police operatives from Kaduna, Niger and Zone 7 Command Headquarters Abuja, backed-up by members of the elite Special Forces of the NPF.

It further added that “two male suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

“The officer was travelling in his civil dress, with his private vehicle and without escort or any special security at the time of the incident.”

According to the Force, “He was not targeted as a cop. It was purely an opportunistic crime, indiscriminately and maliciously targeted at citizens using that particular road. He was, perhaps, positionally unlucky at the time of the incident!”

 

 

 

 

 

was today 20th October 2019 rescued unhurt.



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