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.

Treat Ibadan mayhem perpetrators as criminals, Ajimobi tells Police

Ibadan Mayhem

Governor Abiola Ajimobi has tasked the police in Oyo State to be harsh on perpetrators of the mayhem in which 20 houses and 30 shops were razed in Ibadan at the weekend.

The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Moses Alake Adeyemo, made the demand on Monday when he paid an on-the-spot visit to the affected areas.

He called on the police to fish out the arsonists and let them face the full wrath of the law.

Also in the company of the deputy governor for the inspection was the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, who confirmed that 11 suspects are already in police custody in connection to the dastardly act.

A gang of street boys had wreaked havoc on some parts of the metropolis in what was suspected to be a reprisal mission.

The act was said to have affected the structures on both sides of the road from the Idi-Arere to Sakapena where goods worth millions of naira were either looted or consumed in the inferno.

Some of the affected structures in the areas included clothing retail outlet, pharmacy, soft drink sellers, electronic shops, ware houses, frozen foods retailer shop, tailoring shops and hairdressers’ shop.

According to eyewitnesses, the arsonists first looted properties from the affected structures before burning them down.

While calling for calm as the police continues with its investigations, Governor Ajimobi urged politicians not to use the unfortunate incident to play politics, saying the state has enjoyed unprecedented peace since the beginning of his administration.

He also promised government’s assistance to victims of the incident.

“One of the cardinal programmes of this administration is securing the lives and properties of the citizens and we will leave no stone unturned to see that peace and security is sustained. These hoodlums are inhumane, callous and barbaric and they should be treated as such. The State Government will do all within its reach to ameliorate the pains of the affected persons and the perpetrators of this evil act will be brought to book in due course.

“We want to appeal to our citizens to be vigilant and provide useful information to the law enforcement agents. Also, our parents should take care of their wards and warn them against being agents of destruction. The government will not hesitate to enforce its power on whoever is bent on causing crisis in the state,” Governor Ajimobi added.

Hoodlum attacks Hakkem Alao, Oyo AD guber candidate

Hoodlum attacks

The Oyo State governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Engr. Oyedele Hakeem Alao, narrowly escaped being hurt on Friday when hoodlums attacked his Oke-Itunu, Ibadan campaign office and damaged the passenger’s glass of his vehicle.

Though the purpose of the attempted attack remained unknown, the Director-General of his campaign team, Mr. Ademola Adeniji, told journalists that the incident happened early morning on Friday shortly after the gubernatorial candidate arrived at the premises of his office to attend series of meetings lined up for the day.

Engr. Alao, according to him, would have been utterly wounded if he had sat directly behind the driver’s seat where the assailant targeted, adding that the sudden bang on the tainted glass led to his hurried exit from the vehicle.

Adeniji further explained that before his principal could recover from the shock and make any move to arrest the assailant, he quickly fled the scene and went away with the food flask he could lay his hands on.

When asked if there was any suspicion or whether there had been anything of such in the past, Adeniji disclosed that there had not been anything of such before the Friday incident and that his organization did not suspect anybody.

He however added a caveat that, “we are in a political era and politics cannot be ruled out of the incident. Our candidate is an easy-going person without any form of trace to violence, he is new in politics and not interested in political thuggery, gangsterism or hooliganism. We will not because of the ugly incident depart or deviate from our path of peace”.

The DG, who called on security agencies to rise to their first responsibility of protection of lives and property of the citizens lamented that the incident was an indication that there are still some people playing politics of underdevelopment, retrogression and bitterness, describing it as unfortunate. “As stated earlier, we are not cut out for any form of brigandage and we will not descend to their level of bestiality, rather, we will continue to go about our campaign of redemption for the people of the state in our peaceful manner and put our safety in the hands of the Almighty God in whom is our refuge”, Adeniji added.

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.

Offa robbery: Police declare gang leaders wanted

The Nigeria Police on Friday declared wanted four of the gang leaders and principal suspects in a recent deadly robbery attack on some banks in Offa, Kwara State.

According to a press statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, photographs of the wanted suspects have been released for assistance on possible information that could lead to their arrest.
In the statement released in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, the force added that the suspects have been placed on INTERPOL watchlist and red alert, urging other sister security and safety agencies in Nigeria to arrest and hand over the suspects to the nearest police station across the country if they are able to get them ahead of the police
“Members of the general public who have any information about these wanted suspects should feel free to contact the police through the following Phone numbers 08062080913, 08126285268, 08032365122, 07056792065, 08088450152.

“Protection of the informant will be guaranteed by the police and handsome rewards in addition to the pledge of Five Million (N5,000,000) by the Kwara State Government await anyone whose information leads to the arrest of these wanted suspects,” the statement read.

Moshood said significant progress is being made in the investigation to the attack as more than 20 suspects already arrested are cooperating with the investigating team.

According to him, the details of the suspects were released to the public, and the exhibits recovered from them, which include two Beretta pistols, 20 rounds of live ammunition, as well as four phones and sim cards belonging to the victims, some of whom were killed during the attack.
The Police Spokesperson said the force will leave no stone unturned in efforts to get to the root of the incident and ensure that the perpetrators do not escape the wrath of the law.

Ex-banker bags 7 years for N700m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, on Friday, May 4, 2018, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Nsa Ayi, a former Relationship Officer, Coronation Merchant Bank, to seven years imprisonment before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict, who was arraigned on February 26, 2018, on an 11-count charge bordering on fraudulent accounting to the tune of N700, 000, 000.00 (Seven Hundred Million Naira), was said to have connived with unknown parties to move funds using customers’ electronic instructions meant for investment in the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Bonds,Treasury Bills and Fixed Deposits.

The defendant also allegedly altered instructions and falsified signatures of customers to transfer money into various accounts outside the bank.

The money was allegedly transferred in tranches into his Guaranty Trust Bank account No. 0001600855 as well as his Zenith Bank account No. 1002771899.

One of the counts reads: “That you, Nsa Ayi, on or about 4th day of February, 2015, being an employee of Coronation Merchant Bank, in Lagos within the Lagos Judicial Division with intent to defraud, falsified account No. 1990000158 belonging to African Alliance Insurance Plc in possession of your employer by debiting the said account to the tune of N172, 076, 712.33, using an instruction which you purported to have been issued by the said African Alliance Insurance Plc.”

Another count reads: “That you, Nsa Ayi, on or about 13th day of January, 2014, being an employee of Coronation Merchant Bank, in Lagos within the Lagos Judicial Division with intent to defraud, falsified account No. 2990001176 belonging to Ogunjemiyo E. Mascot in possession of your employer by debiting the said account to the tune of N4, 277, 000.00, using an instruction which you purported to have been issued by Ogunjemiyo E. Mascot.”

When the 11-count charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty, thereby setting the stage for his full trial.

Counsel to the defendant, Robert Clarke, SAN, had pleaded with the court to grant the defendant bail on the grounds that he needed to take his son abroad for surgery.

However, the prosecution opposed the bail application, saying that “he is a flight-risk who had plans to relocate with his entire family to the United States of America last year, if not for the timely response in arresting him by the EFCC.”

The prosecution had further said that there was no document showing that the defendant’s son was critically ill to warrant him being flown abroad for treatment.

The judge, while denying him bail, said that if the defendant’s son was truly ill and needed medical treatment abroad, he should not be pleading with the court to allow him travel out with his entire family only to treat his son.

The judge, therefore, remanded him in Kirikiri Prisons, Lagos .

During the proceedings on March 6, 2018, the defendant changed his plea from ‘not guilty’ to ‘guilty’.

In view of this, the prosecution reviewed the facts of the case and tendered documents that were admitted in evidence.

The judge subsequently convicted Ayi on all the charges and deferred sentencing to today.

Delivering her judgment today, the judge sentenced him to seven years imprisonment on each count of the charge.

The sentences are to run concurrently from the day of arrest.

The Judge further held that all properties traced to the defendant be confiscated till it amounts to the sum of N700million and should be restituted to the plaintiff, Coronation Merchant Bank.

Man remanded for attempt to rape 110-year-old woman

Rape

An Ado Magistrate’s Court in Ekiti State has ordered that a 56-year-old man, Abraham Benjamin, be remanded in prison custody for an allegedly attempt to rape a 110-year-old woman in her home.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Taiwo Ajibade, gave the order on Thursday when the accused was arraigned before her by a police prosecutor, Caleb Leranmo.
Ajibade, who adjourned the case to May 22 for mention, directed that the case file be duplicated and a copy be sent to the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), for proper advice on the charges to be prefered against the middle-aged man.
Leranmo earlier had told the court that the accused committed the offence on April 30 at No. 12, Igbehin St., Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
According to him, the accused attempted to rape the 110-year-old woman in her home.
The offence, he added, contravened Section 359 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ekiti State 2012.

Three bag jail terms for internet fraud

Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of three members of an internet fraud gang at the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State.
Two of the convicts, Prince Henry Ofeyi and Afatakpa David were convicted and sentenced by Justice P. I. Ajoku on Wednesday April 2 while the third convict, David Abumhere was convicted and sentenced on Thursday April 3, by the same judge.
Ofeyi and Afatakpa were prosecuited by the EFCC on one count of internet fraud each.
Ofeyi was said to have on October 5, 2017 falsely represented himself to be one Dexter Smith, a false identity he used in defrauding his victims.
The charge against him reads: “that you Prince Henry Ofeyi at Benin within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court with intent to defraud falsely represented yourself to be Dexter Smith, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, C39, 2004 and punishable under same Act.”
For Afatakpa, he was alleged to have represented himself as Vin Diesel, an American Movie Star on social media, an identity he used to defraud his victims.
The charge against him reads:” that you Afatakpa D.Tageme on or about September 9, 2017 at Benin within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court with intent to defraud on Instagram social media network falsely represented yourself to be Vin Diesel, an American Movie Star and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, C39,2004 and punishable under same Act”.
Upon arraignment, the duo pleaded guilty prompting the prosecution counsel, Aso Larry Peters to ask the court to convict the accused persons accordingly. He also told the court that the EFCC recovered the sum of Four Hundred Thousand, Five Hundred and Ninety Naira(N400,590.00) and a Toyota Corolla Saloon car from Ofeyi, while the sum of Two Hundred Thousand ,Three Hundred and Forty Two Naira, Ninety Nine Kobo (N200,342.99) was recovered from Akatakpa. D.Tageme .
The defence counsel Moses Oriazowan pleaded with the court to tamper justice with mercy saying the accused persons were remorseful and have promised never to go back to such despicable act.
After listening to both counsel, Justice Ajoku sentenced the accused persons to one month imprisonment each and ordered that the proceeds of crime be forfeited to the Federal Government so that their victims can be restituted.
On Thursday April, 3, 2018, the EFCC secured the conviction of David Abumhenre on one count of internet fraud. The convict was sentenced to one month imprisonment by Justice Ajoku after pleading guilty to the charge. The convict is to forfeit the sum of N3.5million recovered from him to the Federal Government. Abumhere was said to have falsely represented himself as Tom Hanks, an American Movie Star, an identity he used to defraud his victims.

Man commits suicide at UCH premises in Ibadan

A man suspected to be in his early 50s jumped to his death from the 5th floor of the Administrative Building of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday.

The yet-unknown man’s action stunned the people around as they only suddenly saw him landed on the floor with a thud on the cemented floor outside the Mortuary department of the hospital.

Dressed in blue native Ankara attire with a pair of palm sandals left on the floor before he took the plunge, the deceased whose identity was yet to be ascertained by the police hit his head on the floor, thereby forcing blood to gush out and splattered the floor immediately.

Unconfirmed information alleged that the man left a suicide note, indicating that he decided to opt for suicide after being duped of N30m.

The Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Ayodeji Bobade, while confirming the incident to journalists, said the man should not have got any business on the fifth floor where he jumped from, as the floor houses the hospital museum.

He said despite the fact that workers of the teaching hospital were on strike, the management still detailed a doctor to conduct a test on the body and was later certified dead.

The police were later invited to the scene where the officers took some sample tissues before the man’s remains were deposited at the mortuary.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu, also confirmed the incident, as well as the fact that a suicide note was found on the deceased, but he said, ‘I have not known the content’.

Court jails Nwobike, SAN, over bribery

Nwobike

A Lagos State High Court on Monday convicted Joseph Nwobike, a Senior Advocate of Nigera, for bribery and perversion of justice, and sentenced him to one month imprisonment.
The presiding judge, Justice Raliat Adebiyi, pronounced the senior lawyer guilty, saying she was satisfied with the arguments and evidence brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who prosecuted the case.
The convict was prosecuted on an 18-count charge bordering on an attempt to pervert the course of Justice, but he was found guilty in 12 of the charges.
One of the counts reads: “That you Dr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN) on the 19th day of March, 2015 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, intentionally gave the sum of N 750,000.00 (Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) to Hon. Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court directly through your United Bank for Africa Plc Account No. 1002664061 in order that the said judge acts in the exercise of his official duties”.
Another count reads: ” That you, Dr. Joseph Nwobike (SAN), on the 15th day of December, 2014 in Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, intentionally and directly gave the sum of N 250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) to one Mrs. Ogunleye Helen Aderonke, Senior Executive officer, Federal High Court Lagos judicial division in order that the said Mrs. Ogunleye Helen Aderonke acts in the exercise of her official duties.”
Nwobike pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him, thereby setting the stage for his full trial.
In the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, presented several witnesses and tendered various documents that were admitted in evidence by the court.
Delivering her judgment today, Justice Adebiyi said the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubts and with credible evidence that the convict perverted the course of justice.
Consequently, Justice Adebiyi sentenced Nwobike to one month imprisonment on each of the 12 counts.
The sentences are to run concurrently.