Businessman jailed for N2.5m fraud

Businessman jailed

A Kano-based businessman, Mustapha Babangida, was sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of N250,000 fine on Monday, Juanuary 7, for defrauding a fellow businessman, Obi Bartholomew, of sums totaling N2.5 million.

Justice Ibrahim Karaye of the Kano State High Court handed down the sentence after pronouncing Babangidan guilty of a one-count charge of criminal breach of trust preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

Babangida, according to the information on the charge sheet, had, sometimes in May 2018, presented himself to Bartholomew as a businessman who deals in the importation of drugs from Turkey. He also promised him (Bartholomew) of a profit of up to N500,000 if he could invest up to N2 million.

After being convinced, the victim released N2million for the deal, and another N150,000 which Babangida came back later to collect for ‘clearing’ of the ‘imported items’.

But the deal later turned awry as Babangida failed to fulfill his promise of mouthwatering return.

This led Bartholomew to pen a petition to the EFCC in which he gave the details of the deal and sought the intervention of the anti-graft agency.

In the petition, Bartholomew alleged that the accused person issued him two cheques of N2.5 million and N150, 000 dated May 19 and 22, 2018, respectively which turned out to be dud cheques as they were returned unpaid, due to insufficient funds in the account.

When the charge was read to him, Babangida pleaded guilty, prompting the prosecution lawyer, Michael Ojo, to pray the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.

But the accused’s defence counsel, Sani Amani, wanted him freed. He notified the court that his client had paid the entire sum in question, which was acknowledged by the nominal complainant and the EFCC.

Justice Karaye, thereafter convicted the accused and sentenced him to six months in prison with an option of N250, 000 as fine.

Ambode promises to support education of 11-year-old who drew Macron within two hours

Macron

Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, has promised to support the education of 11-year-old hyperrealist artist, Kareem Waris Olamilekan.
Olamilekan hit the limelight earlier in the first days of the month when French President Emmanuel Macron visited Nigeria and made a stop at the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Afrika Shrine.
While having a swell time at the shrine, his attention was drawn to Olamilekan, who had drawn a portrait of him in less than two hours.
At the Government House on Thursday, Ambode hosted Olamilekan and his parents, promising to support his educational needs and also help in developing his artistic talent.
Reacting to the Governor’s promise, Olamilekan said he was very happy and that this support would help him become a great artist.
“I am very happy and excited,” he said. “I thank Governor Ambode for this opportunity. Now, I want to study my arts very well; I want to be a good artist, a great artist in the world.”
The over-excited parents of Warris said they never knew such a thing would happen in their lifetime.
“l thank God for this,” his father, Kareem, said. “What has happened in my life through my son is something I never thought would happen to me but this is a miracle. I am so happy.”
Source: Sahara Reporters

EFCC arrests six Yahoo boys

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters, also known as ‘yahoo yahoo boys’ in one of their hideouts at Kubwa area, Abuja.

The suspects are: Ihoeghian Aghasomwan, Precious Osarumen, Enabulele Osazee Frank, Osahon Scott, Efe Ehieorobo and Peter James.

The operation, which was carried out on May 11, 2018 by the Advance Fee Fraud Section, AFF, of the Commission through a sting operation, followed an intelligence report on the activities of the fraudsters.

Surveillance was carried out and the identity and location of the fraudsters, who specialize in defrauding innocent citizens both within and outside the country through internet, was identified.

On arrest, some of items recovered from the suspects include – one Toyota Camry 2009, 10 laptop computers, 4 ECOWAS International passports, 17 mobile phones, 2 flash drive, HP printer and Certificate of Award of Asian Professional Security Association in favour of Sun Yaje.

Also recovered was a traveling bag and air piece check-in bag suggesting Abuja as its destination dated March 19, 2018 labeled with two paper clearance certificate of Custom Controlling Department, International Affairs China, No: 00548 and TDK courier service worldwide express service shipment details with track No: ME103178131.

All the hardware and digital devices recovered from the suspects would be subjected to forensic examination.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.

Gunmen attack: NAF beefs up security around helipad

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it has beefed up security at its landing site at Igbogene, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

This followed an surprise attack on the site by unknown gunmen on Sunday.

According to sources in the Bayelsa State capital, stern-looking air force personnel were seen checking people and vehicles moving around the helipad. Though, they were said to be civil and polite in handling the situation.

A statement by the Director Public Relations of NAF, Air Vice Marshall Olatukumbo Adesanya, confirmed that the attack took place in the early hours of Sunday.

“In the early hours of Sunday, a group of unknown gunmen attacked the guard post at the Nigerian Air Force Helipad at Igbodene in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

“Although the NAF personnel on duty were able to repel the attack, an airman paid the supreme sacrifice in the process,” Adesanya said, adding that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Sadiq Abubakar has directed immediate investigation into the circumstances that led to the attack and other circumstances surrounding the incident.

Don condemns ‘abduction’ of God by religionists, scholars

By Jide Jegede

A religious peace and conflict studies expert, Kehinde Ayantola, has berated efforts by adherents across religious groups and scholars to appropriate God to themselves and their respective religious beliefs, describing the act as abduction of God.
Ayantola, a professor of religious ethics, sociology of religion and religious peace and conflict studies at the faculty of arts, University of Ibadan gave the expose in his inaugural lecture delivered at the premier university’s Trenchard Hall recently.
Entitled ‘Rescuing God from His abductors’, the lecture dwelled extensively on the means through which the ‘abductors’ struggle among themselves to claim exclusivity to the ownership of and access to God.
This, according to the scholar, has resulted in many factors that have consistently threatened peace and tranquility across human history and existence.
He identified religious functionaries and religious followers, western researchers, contemporary academics, religious fundamentalists and radicalists as the abductors of God, who only see their belief and knowledge of God as supreme and sacrosanct, while also dismissing others’ conviction about God as inferior or outright false.
“Taking God forcibly outside His space (world) and beyond His will which, manifests in why He created people male and female, black and white, short and long, placed them in different geographical locations and assigned them different responsibilities within the context of their different geographical enclaves,” he reasoned while highlighting what ‘abduction’ of God entails.
Ayantola also noted that the abductor take advantage of religious ignorance of their followers to perpetrate their acts.
“Religious ignorance in the context of our discussion refers to lack of knowledge or information about particular religious beliefs and practices.
“It could be lack of sufficient knowledge or information about the religion we practise by another person belonging to a religious faith different from ours,” he further noted.
The consequences, according to him, include social exclusion, commercialisation of religion, lust for materialism, spiritual pride, title consciousness, false teaching, exploitations, sexual immorality and ritual performance among other vices noticeable in religious circles.
He however offered some tips to effect the rescue of God from his ‘abductors’.
These, he explained, include accepting the equality of religions, understanding the cultural background of religions, identifying and accepting religious pluralism, promotion of objective religious education/studies, accepting the limitation of religious scriptures and traditions as well as monetisation of religion in public places.

Stray bullet kills teenage girl as Oyo conducts LG poll

An eighteen-year-old girl was killed at Idi Oro, Ekotedo area in Ibadan by a shot allegedly fired by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) during the Local Government election held across Oyo State on Saturday.

The girl identified as Kofoworola Abubakar was said to be a student of St. Bridget Secondary School, Mokola where she reportedly wrote the last paper in her Senior Secondary School Examinations the previous day.

According to eyewitness account, Kofoworola met her untimely death in front of a patent medicine store where her mother sent her to buy some items.
The eyewitness recalled that a brawl had broken out between two rival cults gangs in the area which prompted residents to call on a team of NSCDC men, who were on election patrol, to come and rescue the situation.
On getting to the spot, the security men shot to the air to disperse the hoodlums, and in the process, one of the bullets hit the poor girl in back of her neck and pierced through her left eye.
Reports said she died on the spot.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the incident, saying the suspect was already in the command’s custody.
Ajisebutu added that the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, had directed his men at the Investigation and Intelligent Department to commence diligent investigations into the unfortunate incident.
The NSCDC men were said to have hurried left the scene to avoid been mobbed by residents, who were obviously pained by the girl’s death.
A police team later came to fetch her remains.
Meanwhile, a local government election was held across the state on Saturday.
Despite the constitutional provision for periodic elections in the third tier of government, the state local governments were witnessing the exercise for the first time in the last seven years.

Though peaceful as no incident of violence was recorded in any part of the state, the election witnessed an abysmally low turnout.

Residents used the opportunity of the sit-at-home order imposed by the state government to allow them participate in the election to attend to personal issues.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, and his wife, Florence, voted at Ward 9, Unit 20, Community Grammar School, Oluyole Estate III in Ibadan South West Local Government Area.
The governor told newsmen that the poll was quite free, fair and peaceful, adding that everybody was well organised as he commended the people for supporting the process.

“It is great that Oyo has moved from the era of brigandage for which it was known before the inception of this administration in 2011. Since we came on board, we have been encouraging peace. The purpose of government is to ensure peace, security and socio-economic wellbeing of the people of the state. We will continue to do these.”

The CP and the state Coordinator of Civil Societies Organisation from Abuja, Mr. Friday Maduka, also said they visited some parts of the state capital to monitor the election and ensure that law and order were maintained.

Uk joins Ebola fightback as four more cases are reported

The UK has joined the international effort to contain the latest outbreak of Ebola as four new cases of the highly infectious disease have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The total number of known cases now stands at 25 and includes two health workers who came into contact with people who had been infected, according to local reports.

The country’s health ministry confirmed earlier this week that 17 people in the northwest of the country had died from Ebola, describing the fresh outbreak as a “public health emergency with international impact”.

The UK Department for International Development (Difid) announced on Thursday it had donated £1 million to the response in an effort to avoid a repeat of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which killed more than 11,000 people.

The UK-based Wellcome Trust also announced £2 million of funding to support the government of DRC and the World Health Organization (WHO) in research efforts.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “The Ebola epidemic in 2014 highlighted that to save lives we need to act quickly to stop the spread of this disease.

“We’re well-practiced in responding to disease outbreaks, and are coordinating across government to support the WHO in their leadership of the response. Vaccines have been stockpiled, we have built research and monitoring capacity, and the Rapid Support Team of health experts stand ready to be deployed if needed”.

Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: “It’s vital the global response to this outbreak is swift.

“We must ensure the very best protection for the communities at risk and for the health workers working to protect lives – now and for future outbreaks.”

Peter Salama, WHO deputy director-general, emergency preparedness and response, welcomed the UK support.

“The first step in containing this outbreak is to understand the extent of transmission, ensure care for people infected, engage communities and trace contacts. The generous support from Wellcome and partners like DFID in combination with WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies is already making a difference.”

A team of experts from the WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and Equateur province travelled to Bikoro on Tuesday to beef up coordination and carry out investigations.

WHO released $1 million (£738,200) from an emergency contingency fund, has set up a coordination group and deployed more than 50 experts to work with the DRC government and health agencies.

MSF, which has worked with the Congolese authorities in the past to bring Ebola outbreaks under control, has deployed a team to help with the response.

Julien Raickman, MSF head of mission in DRC, said: “At the moment there is an experienced MSF team in Bikoro, made up of medics, water and sanitation experts, health promoters, logisticians and an epidemiologist. The team is working with the national authorities and other international organisations to assess the situation and to ensure that the outbreak is contained.”

In December 2016, trials of an Ebola vaccine confirmed it provides a high level of protection against a strain of the deadly disease.

The outbreak occurred in Bikoro, on the shores of Lake Tumba.

All the cases were reported from a clinic at Ilkoko Iponge, located about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from Bikoro, where treatment capacities are limited, the WHO said.

Ebola is one of the world’s most notorious diseases, being both highly infectious and extremely lethal.

It is caused by a virus that has a natural reservoir in the bat, which does not itself fall ill, but can pass the microbe on to humans who hunt it for “bushmeat”.
The virus is handed on through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. After an incubation period of between two and 21 days, Ebola develops into a high fever, weakness, intense muscle and joint pain, headaches and a sore throat.
That is often followed by vomiting and diarrhoea, skin eruptions, kidney and liver failure, and internal and external bleeding.
It is DRC’s ninth known outbreak of the disease since 1976, when it was first identified in then-Zaire by a Belgian-led team.

Source: The Telegraph

APC Ward Congress: Ajimobi mounts pressure on National Secretariat, Congress C’tee

By Sikiru Akinola

Four days after the conduct of the ward congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi is mounting pressure on the national headquarters of the party as well as the congress and appeal committees’ panels to accept his people as the ‘duly’ elected ward executives

It would be recalled that Ajimobi’s loyalists lost out of power play as they failed to obtain nomination forms for the exercise.

Contrary to Ajimobi’s claim that the party was one in the state, it was learnt that members of Unity Forum of the party ‎had obtained the 9477 forms produced for the congress.

The Unity Forum includes Communications Minister, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu, Prof Adeolu Akande, Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, 8 House of Representatives members in the state, 18 members of the state House of Assembly, 26 former local government chairmen, many serving and former political office holders as well as majority of the aggrieved members of the party.

Unknown to Ajimobi, who had advised the national headquarters ‎of the party against issuing multiple forms as he wanted affirmation, those who had been sidelined in the scheme of things had purchased forms for the 9477 vacancies. Each of the 9,477 candidates was endorsed by 13 party members in their respective wards bringing active members of the Unity Forum who participated in the exercise to about 140,000.
“Did all these people die in 24 hours after signing the forms to be party of the purported affirmation”,asked a party chieftain.

According to an executive of the state chapter of the party, “affirmation means approval of an existing executive, whereas the list submitted to the Congress Committee is not that of existing executive members but entirely that of his SENACO members. He deceived the Congress Committee that they were existing party executives”. This is another fraudulent act in addition to the printing of fake nomination forms which the governor and his men parade.

On getting to know on Saturday that members of Unity Forum had collected all available forms, an obviously-defeated Ajimobi was said to have lobbied members of the congress to accept payment on the day and provide forms for his people. It was, however, learnt that members of the Congress committee rejected the idea saying that they lacked such power.

The pre-congress briefing, which was to hold at the Oke-Ado, Ibadan state secretariat of the party, later snowballed into violence as many people, including son of a late leader of the party, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, Adedapo Lam-Adesina was attacked by sponsored thugs.

‎A top party chieftain, who preferred anonymity, revealed that “Ajimobi is looking for every means to get his bidding done. What really happened was that he sees himself as the all-knowing.
” Few weeks before the congress, he had told the national secretariat of our party that there was no division within the party. He was quoted as telling them not to bring more than the needed 9477 forms that they were going to do affirmation. He didn’t tell anybody about the plan when he returned to Ibadan. The other group knew they were going to contest against an incumbent but didn’t know Ajimobi’s loyalists were not going to obtain forms.

“Attempts by the governor and his men to get the committee members do their bidding fell on deaf ears as the 7-man committee remained adamant. The congress members later gave forms to those with payment tellers on Friday. And on Saturday, the pre-congress briefing was later disrupted as a popular Ibadan High Chief came loaded with thugs. Members of the Unity Forum, it was learnt, later went to the Police headquarters, Eleiyele to brief the police and the press. They later came for the reconvened meeting and congress, which was suppose to hold on Saturday, was adjourned ‎to Sunday.

“Ordinarily, those ‎with forms should have been declared winners as they had no opponents. The congress went ahead. The forms could not be submitted on Sunday and they were asked to come on Friday. In fact, Ajimobi, the party and the security agencies confirmed the congress to be successful. Meanwhile, Ajimobi didn’t stop lobbying the congress members to put it in their report that affirmation was done in Oyo. That is illogical. How could you have done affirmation when members of the other group purchased forms? When he couldn’t get the congress members to buy into the idea, he allegedly threatened that if they declare anything contrary, that he may not be able to control the aftermath. That was why the committee members didn’t declare any result.

“As I talk to you, Ajimobi hasn’t stopped lobbying top chieftains of the party to safe him from disgrace. He wants them to write in their report that the committee did affirmation in the state,” the source added.

How 82-year-old woman with dementia gets her memory back

Recently, an 82-year-old woman who suffered from dementia, who couldn’t recognize her own son has miraculously got her memory back after changing her diet.

When his mother’s condition became so severe that for her own safety she had to be kept in the hospital, Mark Hatzer almost came to terms with losing another parent.

Sylvia had lost her memory and parts of her mind, she had even phoned the police once accusing the nurse who were caring for her of kidnap.

A change in diet, which was comprised of high amounts of blueberries and walnuts, has proven to have had a strong impact on Sylvia’s condition that her recipes are now being shared by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sylvia also began incorporating other health foods, including broccoli, kale, spinach, sunflower seeds, green tea, oats, sweet potatoes and even dark chocolate with a high percentage of cacoa. All of these foods are known to be beneficial for brain health.

Mark and Sylvia devised to diet together after deciding that the medication on it’s own was not enough, they looked into the research showing that rates of dementia are much lower in mediterranean countries and copied a lot of their eating habits.

According to Mirror.co.uk“

Mark, whose brother Brent also died in 1977, said: “When my mum was in hospital she thought it was a hotel – but the worst one she had ever been in.

“She didn’t recognise me and phoned the police as she thought she’d been kidnapped.

Source: The Event

Ajimobi, others shed tears as burial rites of Adeyemo, Oyo Speaker, held

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The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, fought back tears on Thursday while speaking at a Special Parliamentary Session held in honour of the late Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo, who died of severe heart attack last Friday.
Ajimobi, who was joined by the late Speaker’s family members, colleague lawmakers from across the country, his counterparts in the law profession, politicians and other guests from all walks of life, described Adeyemo’s death as shocking, adding that the demise has left a gaping hole that will be difficult to fill.
The event, which was held at the floor of the State House of Assembly, was a follow-up to a commendation service held in the deceased’s honour at Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan on Wednesday.
Adeyemo who represented Ibarapa East State Constituency on the All Progressive Congress platform died, Friday morning at Jericho Specialist Hospital, Ibadan at the age of 47.
An open air funeral service jointly organised by Oke Ado Baptist Church, Ibadan and First Baptist Church, Lanlate was later held at the New Park, Lanlate, Oyo state on Thursday.
In his sermon at the funeral service, the President, Ibadan Baptist Conference, Dr. S. Adekunle said death is the only thing that would go round in the multitude of needs of humans, enjoining the attendees to take care of their names, words and work, which, he noted, would live after them.
The cleric said the late Speaker left a good name and legacy behind, urging the people at the funeral service, particularly the politicians to do everything necessary to preserve their names.
Special prayer session also held for the wife, children, extended family, state and the nation at the funeral while he was later interred in his Lanlate private residence.
Earlier at the special plenary, Ajimobi had declared that the speaker’s demise was a great loss to the state, the current administration and the APC party.
The Nigerian Conference of Speakers also described the death of the Speaker as a calamity and great loss not only to Oyo State but also to the country as a whole.
The deputy speaker of the confrence who is also the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Edward Ubosi, described the deceased as a bridge builder who brought about the unity of all the South-East states.
Describing Adeyemo as a defender of the defenseless, Ubosi said that despite the pains has brought, the death would further strenghten the resolve of the state Speakers to work in harmony for the progress and prosperity of their respective states in honour of the deceased’s efforts.
In his valedictory speech, the Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House, Mr Musa Abdulwasi, described the late colleague as a dedicated lawmaker who contributed meaningfully to the emergence and passage of quality bills that are of paramount public interests.
Abdulwasi described Adeyemo as a true patriot who placed the progress of the state above party interests and politicking.
“In the time that I have known him, we have come to form a great bond beyond mere comradeship and we had only just began our political journey together. His sudden death has cut that dream short and it has triggered many questions that are left unanswered.
“He was a fine legal practitioner who became a patriotic lawmaker, he was God fearing and a responsible son, husband and father,” he said.
The adjourned sitting held in honour of Adeyemo was adjourned and the attendees filed past the casket of the late lawmaker.
The tribute session was attended by members of the House, a Former Governor of the Oyo State, Mr Adebayo Alao-Akala, the Speakers of Lagos, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Osun, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Niger, Delta, Kwara, Enugu, Ondo and Ogun states Houses of Assemblies.
Others were the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Muktar Abimbola, Mr Niyi Akintola (SAN) and representatives of lawmakers in the seventh Assembly who served with Adeyemo in his first term in the House.