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N4bn loan: EFCC quizzes 16  Kwara LG chairmen over alleged misappropriation,  internal cevenue



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday said it had arrested 16 council chairmen in Kwara state over alleged misappropriation of N4billion loan.h

Spokesman of the Commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspects were currently being quizzed by its operatives at the Ilorin zonal office.

Uwujaren said that the local government chairmen included: Risikat Opakunle, Saidu Yaru Musa, Umar Belle, Ayeni Dallas, Fatai Adeniyi Garba, Lah Abdulmumeen, Raliat Funmi Salau, Aminat Omodara and Muyiwa Oladipo.

Others according to him include: Oladipo Omole, Abdullahi Abubakar Bata, Saka Eleyele, Lateef Gbadamosi, Oni Adebayo Joseph, Omokanye Joshua Olatunji and Jibril Salihu.

“It was gathered that the council chiefs after securing the controversial loan held a meeting and decided that one hundred million naira be shared among themselves.

“The suspects had on the February 7, 2018 wrote a N4billion loan request to the Ilorin Branch Manager of Sterling to pay the Salary Arrears of teachers.

“Teachers under the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Local Government Staff and Local Government Pensioners, ” he said

According to him, the embattled politician were also accused of diverting 10 per cent of the monthly internally generated revenue for their personal use.

He added that the money was paid directly into their personal accounts against the financial Regulations.

He stated that all the suspects had made useful statements while Investigation continues.

Edited by Bayo Sekoni


NDLEA restates commitment to rid Kogi of illicit drugs



Mr Alfred Adewumi, the new National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Commander in Kogi, says the agency will collaborate with sister security agencies and the state government to rid the state of illicit drugs.

Adewumi gave the assurance in a statement signed by Ibrahim Suleiman, Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics in the state and  made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Lokoja on Friday.

He took over from Alhaji Mohammed Bello who had been redeployed to Adamawa Command.

Adewumi promised to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessor whom he said performed excellently well.

“We are determined to collaborate with the security-friendly government of Kogi under the leadership of Gov. Yahaya Bello to rid the state of the scourge of illicit drugs,’’ he said.

Adewumi, an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, had served the agency in various capacities in Kebbi, Akwa-Ibom, Zamfara, Bauchi, Oyo and Anambra States.

He was an Assistant State Commander in charge of Operations and Intelligence, Anambra Command, before his deployment to Kogi Command of the NDLEA.

Edited & Vetted By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Adeleye Ajayi


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Police arrest man for allegedly killing farmer in Jigawa



The police in Jigawa on Friday said they had arrested a herdsman, Usman Lamido, 30, in connection with the killing of a farmer, Abubakar Dauda, along Adyani Feeder Road in Guri Local Government area of Jigawa.

The spokesman for the police in the state, SP Abdu Jinjiri, told the Nigeria News Agency in Hadejia that the incident occurred on Thursday, Dec. 5.

He said Dauda, 38, of Yalari Quarters in Guri, was allegedly stabbed in his head and back by the suspect after a minor disagreement.

Jinjiri said the police rushed the deceased to Hadejia General Hospital where he died while receiving treatment.

The spokesman said several policemen were deployed to the area to prevent reprisal attacks.

Edited & Vetted By: Tajudeen Atitebi

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Ebonyi: Police cautions bank customers on robbers’ new strategy



The Ebonyi Police Command on Thursday said it had uncovered a new strategy used by criminals to rob bank customers.

The command’s spokesperson, Mrs Loveth Odah, made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Abakaliki.

Odah warned members of the public, especially bank customers, to always be security conscious whenever they make bank transaction.

According to her, the new strategy involves trailing their victims through a female member of their syndicate who are usually monitoring financial transactions around banks’ premises.

Odah said that such members of the syndicate usually hang outside the banks with cellophane bag containing nails that were usually planted either at the front or rear of the victims’ vehicles.

“As soon as the target comes out from the bank, enters the vehicle, he climbs the unsuspecting bag of nails that automatically punctures the tyres.

“The same people will follow you on a bike and will be showing you that your tyre is deflecting and as an unsuspecting citizen; you will stop the car, alight reluctantly to check your tyre without closing your door.

“They will reach out into the car, collect the money in your car without any stress and without shooting a gun, take it and speed off.

“The new strategy has been used to rob some bank customers by the criminals and we have arrested some of them including a woman who confessed their involvement in the crime.

“We are using this opportunity to alert the public on this latest antics of criminals and to advise bank customers to use security when withdrawing huge amount of money.

“Also car owners should always ensure that they use the car central lock while driving and whenever they alight from the car,’’ Odah said.

The spokesperson said that the command was fully prepared to protect the lives and property of every citizen before, during and after the Yuletide.

“The Christmas period is a season we usually experience heavy human and vehicular traffic with attendant social ills.

“Bad elements in our midst will want to exploit the season to break the law by committing all sorts of crimes.

“Though, Ebonyi is relatively crime free and the most peaceful in terms of crime in the South-East zone, we are still not going to relent in ensuring that we maintain the status quo.

“We urge the public to cooperate with the police and when they see something, they should say something and a quick response by the police in crime situation will help put smiles on the victim or victims’ faces.

“We have given out distress call numbers so that the public can reach us promptly and we are assuring members of the public that police and other security agencies will ensure adequate protection of lives and property of the citizens,’’ she added.

The spokesperson also advised parents not to leave their children in isolated places to avoid being preyed upon by suspected ritual killers and child traffickers.

Edited & Vetted By: Abdullahi Mohammed/Ismail Abdulaziz

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NSCDC arrests 2 over alleged diversion of UNICEF materials



The Borno Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has paraded two men over alleged diversion of learning materials distributed to displaced pupils by the UNICEF.

The Commandant of the Corps, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the disclosure while parading the suspects on Thursday in Maiduguri.

Abdullahi disclosed that the suspects were arrested while in possession of 86 cartons of assorted learning materials in Maiduguri on Oct. 4.

He said that preliminary investigation indicated that the items were donated by the UN agency to the Borno State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) for distribution to primary schools in Guzamala Local Government Area of the state.

“Further investigation linked the crime to one suspect (name withheld) currently at large. The educational materials are meant for Guzamala Local Government Area.

“Each carton contains learning materials for a teacher and 40 pupils, thus depriving an estimated 3,440 pupils and 86 teachers of the items,” he said.

According to him, the command has arrested 10 other suspects over various offences in the past one month in the state.

Abdullahi revealed that one suspect was arrested in Maiduguri while trying to dispose 13 meters of vandalised electrical cables to one buyer.

He said that the command also recovered four vandalised transformers from the suspects.

The commandant said the command also arrested a car vendor, (name withheld), for allegedly defrauding four of his clients, forgery and leasing out vehicles without the consent of the owners.

Abdullahi noted that the command recovered three vehicles from the suspect.

He added that two herdsmen were also arrested over destruction of farm produce and threat to cause injury to farmers in Maiduguri.

“After proper investigation both parties agreed for alternative dispute resolution and the herdsmen agree to pay compensation to the affected farmers.

“One of the suspects will pay N20,000 while the other is to pay N15,000 as compensation for damage caused to the farmlands,” he said.

Abdullahi disclosed further that the command also arrested two suspects over alleged production of fake Identification Cards (IDs); statement of results and Senior School Examination Certificates (SSCE).

Nigeria News Agency reports that the commandant handed over the learning materials to the officials of the UNICEF and also presented the seized vehicles to the owners.

Edited & Vetted By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Olonisakin lauds army on technological innovations



Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, has commended the Nigerian army for its research and development effort as well as innovation leading to the production of made in Nigeria military hardware.

Olonisakin gave the commendation during the tour of Nigerian army research and development exhibition at the ongoing 2019 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference on Thursday in Kaduna.

He said the decision of Nigerian army to explore the full potential within its ranks to come up with reputable innovations would be a boost to ongoing counter insurgency operations.

“It is in this regard that I wish to recognise and also commend the sterling efforts of the Nigerian army under the dynamic leadership of the chief of army staff.

“Undoubtedly, the Nigerian army with vast experience in human resources is presumed to be at the driving seat in actualising a good success in the research and development project.

“Accordingly, the place as well as intended benefits of research and development in Nigerian military is even more significant in contemporary times considering the myriad of security challenges confronting the nation.

“At a time when modern armies are compelled to think outside the box and develop local initiatives through research and development in order to change the narratives.

“This is consistent with the Nigerian army stride in research and development initiatives,” he said.

Olonisakin said the recent launch of Nigerian army infantry patrol vehicles, Ezugwu MRAP, which was fabricated using local engineering experts within the Nigerian army in collaboration with its partners was heartwarming.

He added that the Nigerian army giant stride had turned on the new vista of opportunities for the countries to become a global competitor in the manufacture of military hardware.

“Therefore, the proper harnessing of this effort will help to facilitate the commercial production and sales of defence equipment and ultimately become a source of foreign exchange earning for the nation.

“The Boko Haram insurgency in particular has provided an appropriate impetus for the Nigerian army to seriously task the ingenuity of its personnel and come up with innovative ideas to address the current terrorism challenge.

“This is particularly worthy of note because even the terrorists are known to be innovative with captured weapons in the pursuit of their nefarious activities.

“Additionally, with the resourcesa allocated by the Nigerian government for defence, it is incumbent for Nigerian army to look inward and pursue this noble initiative in research and development with a view to surmounting insecurity across the nation,” he added.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, while welcoming Olonisakin, said that the initiative started in 2016 at the first research and innovation summit and exhibition in Abuja.

Buratai said the Nigerian army was proud that its research and innovation effort had progressed with the successful production of Ezugwu MRAP and other infantry patrol vehicles.

”The MRAP is quite comfortable, it is comparable if not slightly higher than some of the MRAPs that we imported or procured from abroad.

“It has the cutting edge technology which has been added to this version of our MRAP vehicle,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the vehicles were fabricated and produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) and Command Engineering Depot in Kaduna, using 70 per cent local content and 100 per cent indigenous engineers.

The theme of the conference was “Application of the Cutting Edge of the Nigerian Army in Tackling Contemporary Security Challenges”.

Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz

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EFCC arrests suspected fraudster, 26 others in Lagos



 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a suspected fraud kingpin and 26 other suspects in a hotel in Lagos.

A statement by Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson of EFCC, said that operatives of Ibadan Zonal Office of the commission, effected the arrests in a hotel on Thursday.

“EFCC operatives ”stormed” Modzak Hotel, Abule-Egba, Lagos, believed to be a hideout for suspected internet fraudsters and arrested one suspect, who is believed to be their kingpin.

“(The suspect), owner of the hotel, was arrested alongside an army of young men, whose ages range between 18 and 35 years, with no specific mission for being in the facility.

“Some other suspects were arrested in suspect’s Beckley Estate residence also in Lagos, bringing the number to 27,” Uwujarem stated.

The spokesman of the agency said that the arrested suspects were at present undergoing further interrogation.

He added that items recovered in the operation were three vehicles, fetish objects, laptops, mobile phones and documents.

He said that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.

Edited & Vetted By: Ejike Obeta/Ismail Abdulaziz

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