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Court Jails Three BDC Operators Three Years in Kano

Court Jails Three BDC Operators Three Years in Kano

Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Kano on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, convicted and sentenced three illegal bureau de change operators to three years imprisonment for operating without a requisite licence.  



The convicts: Umar Ibrahim Muhammad, Abubakar Yakubu Garba and Muhammad Tijjani were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count   separate charges of illegal dealing in foreign currency without an appropriate licence.



The lone-count charge reads: “That you Ibrahim Muhammad, sometime in February 2024 in Kano within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did engage in a financial operation of bureau de change without a valid licence and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 (5) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020 and punishable under Section 57 (5) (B) of the same Act.”


They all pleaded “guilty” to the charge read to them in English and interpreted in Hausa, upon which prosecution counsel, Aisha Tahar Habib prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly, while the defence counsel pleaded for mercy and leniency.


 Justice Yunusa thereafter convicted and sentenced Muhammad, Garba and Tijani to one year imprisonment each with an option of fine of N100,000(One Hundred Thousand Naira) each.


Their road to jail began when they were arrested by operatives of the Kano Command of the EFCC for operating a BDC without an appropriate licence.


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Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Kano on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, convicted and sentenced three illegal bureau de change operators to three years imprisonment for operating without a requisite licence.  



The convicts: Umar Ibrahim Muhammad, Abubakar Yakubu Garba and Muhammad Tijjani were jailed after pleading guilty to one-count   separate charges of illegal dealing in foreign currency without an appropriate licence.



The lone-count charge reads: “That you Ibrahim Muhammad, sometime in February 2024 in Kano within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did engage in a financial operation of bureau de change without a valid licence and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 (5) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act 2020 and punishable under Section 57 (5) (B) of the same Act.”


They all pleaded “guilty” to the charge read to them in English and interpreted in Hausa, upon which prosecution counsel, Aisha Tahar Habib prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly, while the defence counsel pleaded for mercy and leniency.


 Justice Yunusa thereafter convicted and sentenced Muhammad, Garba and Tijani to one year imprisonment each with an option of fine of N100,000(One Hundred Thousand Naira) each.


Their road to jail began when they were arrested by operatives of the Kano Command of the EFCC for operating a BDC without an appropriate licence.


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Northern Nigerian Group Withdraws Support For Rotational Presidency, Accuses President Tinubu Of Short-Changing Region

Northern Nigerian Group Withdraws Support For Rotational Presidency, Accuses President Tinubu Of Short-Changing Region

 

Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.



A socio-political group, Arewa New Agenda (ANA), has emerged with a focus on repositioning the northern region as a dominant force in Nigeria.


ANA, on Thursday in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, declared its opposing stance on the rotational presidency, alluding to President Bola Tinubu's "it is my turn" comment before the 2023 election.


Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.


According to him, President Tinubu had abandoned the North, which gave him the bulk of the ballots that brought him to power.


He also lamented that despite its rich endowment with both human and natural resources, the region has been plagued with the multiple challenges of poverty, illiteracy and insecurity.


Moallayidi boasted that ANA's goal is to right the wrongs of the past by mobilising the younger generation of northerners, in particular, to confront the region's myriad of challenges.


He said, "Everybody knows that here in northern Nigeria we have a lot of problems. So our focus, even before the election was that what is in it for northern Nigeria?


"Of course, when the APC was formed everybody endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari from the North. The other part of the country, especially the southwest, which came to form the alliance, asked for a lot of things which were granted; one of which was power shift to the south.


"Now that the power is there, what is in it for the North? This is what I and my colleagues have been asking but we could not get an answer. So we decided we shouldn't just sit back to continue in a turn-by-turn presidential system. 


"Turn-by-turn doesn't make sense! Turn-by-turn is not democracy, you know that; you're just shifting the mantle of leadership, not that you're doing democracy. And you also know that whatever form of government you have, you know that people must have dividends of that form of government.


"This is what Arewa New Agenda is trying to project; that in this government now what is in it for us in the North? But we were not given an answer! Of course, you know that the bulk of what forms any government in Nigeria, not just the APC, 70 per cent of it is from the North."


Moallayidi further averred that the ANA was poised to reposition the North to redefine its status as a dominant player in the country.


“We have to take our own destiny in our own hands; we'll not go begging. We'll harness agricultural potentials, livestock and other natural resources found deposited in all the states of the North," he added.


ANA was formed by notable northerners, consisting of the political elite and technocrats in the ranks of the former Head of Service of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina, among others.

 

Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.



A socio-political group, Arewa New Agenda (ANA), has emerged with a focus on repositioning the northern region as a dominant force in Nigeria.


ANA, on Thursday in Yola, the Adamawa state capital, declared its opposing stance on the rotational presidency, alluding to President Bola Tinubu's "it is my turn" comment before the 2023 election.


Addressing journalists on the new move, the president of the group, Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi alleged that Northern Nigeria was short-changed by the Tinubu administration, despite its numerical strength to determine the political direction and the leadership of the country.


According to him, President Tinubu had abandoned the North, which gave him the bulk of the ballots that brought him to power.


He also lamented that despite its rich endowment with both human and natural resources, the region has been plagued with the multiple challenges of poverty, illiteracy and insecurity.


Moallayidi boasted that ANA's goal is to right the wrongs of the past by mobilising the younger generation of northerners, in particular, to confront the region's myriad of challenges.


He said, "Everybody knows that here in northern Nigeria we have a lot of problems. So our focus, even before the election was that what is in it for northern Nigeria?


"Of course, when the APC was formed everybody endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari from the North. The other part of the country, especially the southwest, which came to form the alliance, asked for a lot of things which were granted; one of which was power shift to the south.


"Now that the power is there, what is in it for the North? This is what I and my colleagues have been asking but we could not get an answer. So we decided we shouldn't just sit back to continue in a turn-by-turn presidential system. 


"Turn-by-turn doesn't make sense! Turn-by-turn is not democracy, you know that; you're just shifting the mantle of leadership, not that you're doing democracy. And you also know that whatever form of government you have, you know that people must have dividends of that form of government.


"This is what Arewa New Agenda is trying to project; that in this government now what is in it for us in the North? But we were not given an answer! Of course, you know that the bulk of what forms any government in Nigeria, not just the APC, 70 per cent of it is from the North."


Moallayidi further averred that the ANA was poised to reposition the North to redefine its status as a dominant player in the country.


“We have to take our own destiny in our own hands; we'll not go begging. We'll harness agricultural potentials, livestock and other natural resources found deposited in all the states of the North," he added.


ANA was formed by notable northerners, consisting of the political elite and technocrats in the ranks of the former Head of Service of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, Senator Jonathan Silas Zwingina, among others.

EFCC Arrests 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Kano

EFCC Arrests 13 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Kano


Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirteen (13) suspected internet fraudsters in Badawa area of Kano metropolis, Kano State.


The suspects were arrested following intelligence signalling a syndicate of suspected internet fraudsters perpetrating cyber- related crimes where they were arrested.


In the course of the arrest, several incriminating items were recovered from the suspects.


They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.


Source: EFCC 


Operatives of the Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirteen (13) suspected internet fraudsters in Badawa area of Kano metropolis, Kano State.


The suspects were arrested following intelligence signalling a syndicate of suspected internet fraudsters perpetrating cyber- related crimes where they were arrested.


In the course of the arrest, several incriminating items were recovered from the suspects.


They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.


Source: EFCC 

Two Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms in Kaduna

Two Fraudsters Bag Jail Terms in Kaduna


The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentence of Mohammed Nasir Sadeeq for cheating and Daniel John for cheating by impersonation 

before Justice A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court.


 Both were prosecuted on one-count separate charges bordering on cheating and personation.



One of the count charge reads: “That you Daniel John (a.k.a Jamie Doman) male, sometime in November, 2023, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, impersonated one Jamie Doman when you pretended to be a Bitcoin online investor agent on Instagram, obtained the sum of $200 (Two Hundred Dollars) from unsuspecting persons and thereby committed cheating by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”


They both pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them. Consequent on their pleas, EFCC counsel, Y.J Matiyak prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.


 Justice Isiaka thereafter convicted and sentenced John to one year imprisonment or a fine option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). In addition, he forfeited his iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy 10 both of which were proceeds of his crime to the government, while Sadeeq was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).


The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when they were arrested at Fifth Chukker, Maraban Jos, Kaduna State. Investigations showed that John was using identities of different foreigners to defraud unsuspecting members of the public while Mohammed cheated his victim to the tune of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira).

 

Source: EFCC 


The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction and sentence of Mohammed Nasir Sadeeq for cheating and Daniel John for cheating by impersonation 

before Justice A.A Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court.


 Both were prosecuted on one-count separate charges bordering on cheating and personation.



One of the count charge reads: “That you Daniel John (a.k.a Jamie Doman) male, sometime in November, 2023, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, impersonated one Jamie Doman when you pretended to be a Bitcoin online investor agent on Instagram, obtained the sum of $200 (Two Hundred Dollars) from unsuspecting persons and thereby committed cheating by impersonation, an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.”


They both pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to them. Consequent on their pleas, EFCC counsel, Y.J Matiyak prayed the court to convict and sentence them accordingly.


 Justice Isiaka thereafter convicted and sentenced John to one year imprisonment or a fine option of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). In addition, he forfeited his iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy 10 both of which were proceeds of his crime to the government, while Sadeeq was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment with a fine option of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira).


The convicts’ journey to the Correctional Centre began when they were arrested at Fifth Chukker, Maraban Jos, Kaduna State. Investigations showed that John was using identities of different foreigners to defraud unsuspecting members of the public while Mohammed cheated his victim to the tune of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira).

 

Source: EFCC 

Osun Gov Ademola Adeleke commissions Crescendo Sports Lounge in Osogbo

Osun Gov Ademola Adeleke commissions Crescendo Sports Lounge in Osogbo

...charges youths to risk investment opportunities 



Osun State Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has commissioned Crescendo Sports Lounge in Osogbo, urging the youths to take advantage of the enabling environment of the current administration of Osun State.


He tasked the youths to take investment risks and count their gains, even in the face of economic downturn bedeviling Nigeria.


This assertion was made by the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, who represented the Governor at the commissioning of the investment project at Alekuwodo Osogbo, on Friday 23rd February, 2024.


Recall that the commissioner paid a final inspection tour to the project site barely a week ahead of the day of commissioning.


Crescendo Sports Lounge, a subsidiary of A1 Pinnacle Services Ltd, in partnership with the Osun State Government, is a realization of a dream of the current administration to turn Osun from Civil Service State to an industrialized one.


The Commissioner described the Sports Lounge as a laudable achievement of Governor Adeleke, whose yearning is wooing local and international investors, since his assumption of office, now yielding positive and physical results.


"I make bold to say that, what we are commissioning today is the first of its kind in the entire South West region. The materials, especially, the synthetic grass are of international standard. Its strategic location will no doubt attracts sports lovers within and outside the State. By this project, some of our youths will be gainfully employed and their mental alertness developed through various sporting activities. These will equally boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)", the Commissioner said.


According to the Commissioner, " the phase we are commissioning today is just the first phase. As you can see, the phase II, that will house other indoor games will equally be completed and commissioned in no distant future. Mr. Governor, as a lover of Sports, will be on ground to cut the tape".


He appealed to  the "youths and all sport lovers to use the opportunity of this facility to develop their God-given talents. An adage says 'an idle hand is the devil's workshop'. Don't just pay to watch a match, but develop your skills as well". 


"People who can risk investment are the ones to make gain in such an adventure. If there is no risk, there is no gain at the end of the day", he said.


"I want to laud the efforts of the Chief Executive Officer of A1 Pinnacle, Mr. Tunde Oladimeji, for deeming it fit to contribute his own quota to the development of our dear State. Other interested investors are assured of enabling environment to drive their businesses" Rev. Jenyo stated.


The Commissioner was accompanied by the Management team of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.


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...charges youths to risk investment opportunities 



Osun State Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has commissioned Crescendo Sports Lounge in Osogbo, urging the youths to take advantage of the enabling environment of the current administration of Osun State.


He tasked the youths to take investment risks and count their gains, even in the face of economic downturn bedeviling Nigeria.


This assertion was made by the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, who represented the Governor at the commissioning of the investment project at Alekuwodo Osogbo, on Friday 23rd February, 2024.


Recall that the commissioner paid a final inspection tour to the project site barely a week ahead of the day of commissioning.


Crescendo Sports Lounge, a subsidiary of A1 Pinnacle Services Ltd, in partnership with the Osun State Government, is a realization of a dream of the current administration to turn Osun from Civil Service State to an industrialized one.


The Commissioner described the Sports Lounge as a laudable achievement of Governor Adeleke, whose yearning is wooing local and international investors, since his assumption of office, now yielding positive and physical results.


"I make bold to say that, what we are commissioning today is the first of its kind in the entire South West region. The materials, especially, the synthetic grass are of international standard. Its strategic location will no doubt attracts sports lovers within and outside the State. By this project, some of our youths will be gainfully employed and their mental alertness developed through various sporting activities. These will equally boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)", the Commissioner said.


According to the Commissioner, " the phase we are commissioning today is just the first phase. As you can see, the phase II, that will house other indoor games will equally be completed and commissioned in no distant future. Mr. Governor, as a lover of Sports, will be on ground to cut the tape".


He appealed to  the "youths and all sport lovers to use the opportunity of this facility to develop their God-given talents. An adage says 'an idle hand is the devil's workshop'. Don't just pay to watch a match, but develop your skills as well". 


"People who can risk investment are the ones to make gain in such an adventure. If there is no risk, there is no gain at the end of the day", he said.


"I want to laud the efforts of the Chief Executive Officer of A1 Pinnacle, Mr. Tunde Oladimeji, for deeming it fit to contribute his own quota to the development of our dear State. Other interested investors are assured of enabling environment to drive their businesses" Rev. Jenyo stated.


The Commissioner was accompanied by the Management team of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.


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COAS COMMISSIONS PROJECTS AT NAIC HEADQUARTERS: Emphasizes the role of Intelligence Corps in National Security Effort

COAS COMMISSIONS PROJECTS AT NAIC HEADQUARTERS: Emphasizes the role of Intelligence Corps in National Security Effort


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja have today Wednesday 28 February 2024 commissioned the remodelled Quarter Guard and unveiled the newly constructed Gatekeepers Statue at Headquarters Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps (NAIC) in Asokoro, Abuja.


Addressing the officers and soldiers of the Corps shortly after the commissioning ceremony, General Lagbaja expressed gratitude for their invaluable service to the Nigerian Army (NA) and the nation at large. The COAS highlighted the Corps' pivotal role in the fight against insurgency and other criminal activities through their adept intelligence gathering. He reiterated his command philosophy and urged officers and men of the Corps to continue to work hard towards its actualisation. He appreciated that personnel of the Corps go to great lengths to carry out their role and charge them to even redouble their efforts. 



Emphasizing the crucial role played by the Corps in the broader framework of national security and intelligence operations, the Army Chief noted that the role of intelligence in combating various threats facing the nation and hence must receive paramount attention. He assured the Corps of his continued support in order to sustain its role in the NA.


General Lagbaja stressed the importance of empowering the Corps with requisite equipment, training, and technology to enhance their effectiveness in gathering, analyzing, and disseminating requisite intelligence, adding that by providing the NAIC with robust support to enable intelligence driven operations, the NA will effectively surmount security challenges bedeviling the country.



Lagbaja avered that a well-equipped and proficient Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps is essential for maintaining a safer and more secure Nigeria. The COAS called for seamless coordination and collaboration between the NAIC and other NA Corps, Sister Services, the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies, and other relevant government bodies to address evolving security threats comprehensively.


Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Military Intelligence (Army) Major General Thompson Ugiagbe disclosed that the Headquarters NAIC office complex has not received any renovation for quite a number of years, thus, prompting the remodeling initiative. He added that the Gatekeepers Statue is a common feature of Intelligence Services worldwide and symbolizes the Corps' commitment to honoring the past, inspiring the present, and securing the future through vigilant and dedicated intelligence efforts.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

28 February 2024


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja have today Wednesday 28 February 2024 commissioned the remodelled Quarter Guard and unveiled the newly constructed Gatekeepers Statue at Headquarters Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps (NAIC) in Asokoro, Abuja.


Addressing the officers and soldiers of the Corps shortly after the commissioning ceremony, General Lagbaja expressed gratitude for their invaluable service to the Nigerian Army (NA) and the nation at large. The COAS highlighted the Corps' pivotal role in the fight against insurgency and other criminal activities through their adept intelligence gathering. He reiterated his command philosophy and urged officers and men of the Corps to continue to work hard towards its actualisation. He appreciated that personnel of the Corps go to great lengths to carry out their role and charge them to even redouble their efforts. 



Emphasizing the crucial role played by the Corps in the broader framework of national security and intelligence operations, the Army Chief noted that the role of intelligence in combating various threats facing the nation and hence must receive paramount attention. He assured the Corps of his continued support in order to sustain its role in the NA.


General Lagbaja stressed the importance of empowering the Corps with requisite equipment, training, and technology to enhance their effectiveness in gathering, analyzing, and disseminating requisite intelligence, adding that by providing the NAIC with robust support to enable intelligence driven operations, the NA will effectively surmount security challenges bedeviling the country.



Lagbaja avered that a well-equipped and proficient Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps is essential for maintaining a safer and more secure Nigeria. The COAS called for seamless coordination and collaboration between the NAIC and other NA Corps, Sister Services, the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies, and other relevant government bodies to address evolving security threats comprehensively.


Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Military Intelligence (Army) Major General Thompson Ugiagbe disclosed that the Headquarters NAIC office complex has not received any renovation for quite a number of years, thus, prompting the remodeling initiative. He added that the Gatekeepers Statue is a common feature of Intelligence Services worldwide and symbolizes the Corps' commitment to honoring the past, inspiring the present, and securing the future through vigilant and dedicated intelligence efforts.


ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

Major General

Director Army Public Relations

28 February 2024

How I Manage Osun Palliatives and Resources-Governor Adeleke

How I Manage Osun Palliatives and Resources-Governor Adeleke


Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke has accounted for how Osun palliative was managed under his watch.


According to a report, Adeleke shed more light on his management of state resources including palliative measures initiated by his administration and those supported by the Federal Government.


While responding to reports and questions raised by some groups in recent days, the State Governor through his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed urged commentators to always avail themselves of publicly available facts about government programs so as not to be perceived as serving opposition interest.


He stated that; "This administration has deliberately filled the public space with its  plans and intentions across the sectors. The Governor has embraced openness and transparency. Our commentators should avail themselves of critical facts and figures instead of twisting and falsifying publicly verifiable details about state governance."


'On pallinative distribution in Osun State, we urge the civil society to always engage in thorough field review before taking positions especially as most of the questions raised could have been answered either through desk research or direct freedom of Information requests to the relevant government agencies."


"Rice distribution was handled by a non-governmental committee chaired by Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria and populated by representatives of various non-governmental groups. The inauguration of the committee and its activities were widely covered by the media."


"As for the N2 Billion palliative expenditure, we urge the group to officially contact the government if it has legal fulfillment to do so within the framework of the Freedom of Information Act especially as the group has shown mischief and refusal to accept details severally released by the government on the administration of palliative measures in the state."


"Ongoing in Osun are multiple government programmes which have at its core palliative interventions such as the wage awards for pensioners and workers that is going to run for six months, sustenance of payment of half salary and pension debt inherited from previous government, the three billion naira plus cooperative loans for artisans and small businesses, the soft medical programs like free medical surgeries for pensioners, expansion of free grants to the poor of the poor in Osun state, and expected delivery of new buses to widen transport access, and affordability."


"In the interest of educated discourse, It may interest the group to note that Osun is spending far above the said two billion naira which is a loan to states and which the Federal Government has even asked the state governments to start refunding."


"It was also false to assert that the Governor has added N2 billion to the N100 billion infrastructure fund as the state has spent far above the N2 billion in service of the needs and aspirations of her people in this hard time."


"As a responsible government, the state project account has not in any way stopped the state government from implementing many laudable palliative programs listed above."


"As to what Osun is doing with allocations to the state, we hasten to remind the group that there is an elected government in place with a mandate to govern and deliver on good governance within statutory structures and platforms and with appropriation laws to which all are bound."


"How government funds are being disposed of and expended are governed by laws and the group can reach the public account committee of the House of Assembly for the annual public account report or take hold of the 2024 budgetary act to read how state funds are allocated across sectors and projects."


"Without ascribing bias, we further educate the group to at least read of the state Governor's plan on food security which he has presented at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and for which he has impaneled a committee chaired by the Commissioner for Agriculture."


"To whoever may be ignorant of publicly available reports on state plans on food security, the agenda covers farm security, strategies for expansion of food production, unclogging farm transportation logistics, easing food access at affordable prices, and hosting a back-to-farm event with government incentives."


"On the issue of court closure, the facts are out as the implementation of the tripartite agreement for the resolution of the dispute depends on the Chief  Judge calling a meeting of the State Judicial Service Commission especially as the Governor has ordered the implementation of areas that affected the executive arm in the agreement."


"Why the group is blaming the Governor for failure to summon a meeting of the Judicial Service Commission beats all imagination and confirms again the known reality that the said group is unknowingly serving the opposition's interest. "


 Or is the group asking the Governor to intervene in a judicial matter that is clearly within the purview of the state Chief Judge?


Or why is the group so protective of the Chief Judge to the extent of lacking the courage to ask the head of the state court to call a meeting of the judicial. service commission?  


Or is the group calling for the jettisoning of the agreement to which even the national body of JUSUN was a signatory?


"On the Osun mining space, we equally remind the public that the government inherited a messed up sector with a deep level of corruption and lack of accountability."


"A reform was launched by the new mining office which is addressing issues of environmental protection, respect for community development, securing of the state mining license, and fruitful negotiation to validate Osun's shareholding in major mining firms."


"Again, the group failed to acknowledge the ongoing reforms which openly covered environmental protection and which are gradually changing the face of the Osun mining sector for the better."


"To learn more about great happenings within the Osun mining sector, we will invite the group to a forthcoming stakeholders’ forum on Osun mining reform. He concluded.



Osun State Governor Ademola Adeleke has accounted for how Osun palliative was managed under his watch.


According to a report, Adeleke shed more light on his management of state resources including palliative measures initiated by his administration and those supported by the Federal Government.


While responding to reports and questions raised by some groups in recent days, the State Governor through his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed urged commentators to always avail themselves of publicly available facts about government programs so as not to be perceived as serving opposition interest.


He stated that; "This administration has deliberately filled the public space with its  plans and intentions across the sectors. The Governor has embraced openness and transparency. Our commentators should avail themselves of critical facts and figures instead of twisting and falsifying publicly verifiable details about state governance."


'On pallinative distribution in Osun State, we urge the civil society to always engage in thorough field review before taking positions especially as most of the questions raised could have been answered either through desk research or direct freedom of Information requests to the relevant government agencies."


"Rice distribution was handled by a non-governmental committee chaired by Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria and populated by representatives of various non-governmental groups. The inauguration of the committee and its activities were widely covered by the media."


"As for the N2 Billion palliative expenditure, we urge the group to officially contact the government if it has legal fulfillment to do so within the framework of the Freedom of Information Act especially as the group has shown mischief and refusal to accept details severally released by the government on the administration of palliative measures in the state."


"Ongoing in Osun are multiple government programmes which have at its core palliative interventions such as the wage awards for pensioners and workers that is going to run for six months, sustenance of payment of half salary and pension debt inherited from previous government, the three billion naira plus cooperative loans for artisans and small businesses, the soft medical programs like free medical surgeries for pensioners, expansion of free grants to the poor of the poor in Osun state, and expected delivery of new buses to widen transport access, and affordability."


"In the interest of educated discourse, It may interest the group to note that Osun is spending far above the said two billion naira which is a loan to states and which the Federal Government has even asked the state governments to start refunding."


"It was also false to assert that the Governor has added N2 billion to the N100 billion infrastructure fund as the state has spent far above the N2 billion in service of the needs and aspirations of her people in this hard time."


"As a responsible government, the state project account has not in any way stopped the state government from implementing many laudable palliative programs listed above."


"As to what Osun is doing with allocations to the state, we hasten to remind the group that there is an elected government in place with a mandate to govern and deliver on good governance within statutory structures and platforms and with appropriation laws to which all are bound."


"How government funds are being disposed of and expended are governed by laws and the group can reach the public account committee of the House of Assembly for the annual public account report or take hold of the 2024 budgetary act to read how state funds are allocated across sectors and projects."


"Without ascribing bias, we further educate the group to at least read of the state Governor's plan on food security which he has presented at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and for which he has impaneled a committee chaired by the Commissioner for Agriculture."


"To whoever may be ignorant of publicly available reports on state plans on food security, the agenda covers farm security, strategies for expansion of food production, unclogging farm transportation logistics, easing food access at affordable prices, and hosting a back-to-farm event with government incentives."


"On the issue of court closure, the facts are out as the implementation of the tripartite agreement for the resolution of the dispute depends on the Chief  Judge calling a meeting of the State Judicial Service Commission especially as the Governor has ordered the implementation of areas that affected the executive arm in the agreement."


"Why the group is blaming the Governor for failure to summon a meeting of the Judicial Service Commission beats all imagination and confirms again the known reality that the said group is unknowingly serving the opposition's interest. "


 Or is the group asking the Governor to intervene in a judicial matter that is clearly within the purview of the state Chief Judge?


Or why is the group so protective of the Chief Judge to the extent of lacking the courage to ask the head of the state court to call a meeting of the judicial. service commission?  


Or is the group calling for the jettisoning of the agreement to which even the national body of JUSUN was a signatory?


"On the Osun mining space, we equally remind the public that the government inherited a messed up sector with a deep level of corruption and lack of accountability."


"A reform was launched by the new mining office which is addressing issues of environmental protection, respect for community development, securing of the state mining license, and fruitful negotiation to validate Osun's shareholding in major mining firms."


"Again, the group failed to acknowledge the ongoing reforms which openly covered environmental protection and which are gradually changing the face of the Osun mining sector for the better."


"To learn more about great happenings within the Osun mining sector, we will invite the group to a forthcoming stakeholders’ forum on Osun mining reform. He concluded.


EFCC Arrests 36 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abeokuta

EFCC Arrests 36 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Abeokuta


Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirty-six (36) suspected internet fraudsters in Ogun State.


They were arrested on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Gbokoniyin and Yetedo areas of Abeokuta in Ogun State, following actionable intelligence gathered and worked upon by the Commission.


Items recovered from them include nine exotic vehicles, fourteen (14) laptops, forty-nine (49) mobile phones and other incriminating documents.


The suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.





Source: EFCC


Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested thirty-six (36) suspected internet fraudsters in Ogun State.


They were arrested on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Gbokoniyin and Yetedo areas of Abeokuta in Ogun State, following actionable intelligence gathered and worked upon by the Commission.


Items recovered from them include nine exotic vehicles, fourteen (14) laptops, forty-nine (49) mobile phones and other incriminating documents.


The suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations.





Source: EFCC

NEWS RELEASE: Gov Adeleke Markets Osun Cocoa Potentials, Meets Chocolate Producers and Stakeholders

NEWS RELEASE: Gov Adeleke Markets Osun Cocoa Potentials, Meets Chocolate Producers and Stakeholders






The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has urged investors to tap into the potentials of cocoa in the state, saying that his administration is already taking steps in addressing past challenges that stunted growth of the sector.


Addressing a global audience of investors in the cocoa sector in London, the United Kingdom, on Wednesday, Governor Adeleke noted that Osun brand of cocoa is highly sought after by end users providing investors with a guarantee of returns for their investments.


Governor Adeleke, who pointed out that Osun is a major cocoa belt in Nigeria to underscore opportunities, outlined ongoing efforts by his government to expand the production base and unleash the benefits of the sector for both the state and investors.


"Our cocoa is the traditional species which has the best taste in chocolate and other related products. Our brand is therefore much sought after by end users," Governor Adeleke remarked.


"Our cocoa sector faces several challenges, several of which include the need to expand the production base, ensure entrance of young farmers, ease access to finance, deepen the value chain among others.


"It was in pursuance of the above that I launched the Osun Cocoa Revival Agenda in January this year.


 The agenda focuses on assembling stakeholders to design an updated revival implementation plan; get the cocoa industry company in the state running again; put life back into the cocoa farming sub-sector through demonstration of political will; get more investors into the value chain through ease of doing business.



Others include setting up a domestic export terminal in Osun state to ease export process and access to international market; partnering with the Nigerian Railway Corporation for easy of transport; upgrading local infrastructures for farming community; setting up a modified commodity boards to strengthen stakeholders’ finance; develop partnership with financial institutions to support the cocoa farming community;


The Governor also listed the development of  relationship with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for agric tech and innovations; and establishment of  strong partnership with the Cocoa Research Institute for partnership and collaboration engagement.


The Governor said he has directed the  state Ministry of Agriculture to establish high yielding cocoa nurseries across the local governments ; prepares an action plan for the rehabilitation of old cocoa plantations in term of facilities and re-plantation; open up new cocoa estates with young farmers; introduce deliberate programme to protect cocoa farms from destructive activities of miners and mining activities.


Describing his cocoa plan as very ambitious, Governor Adeleke said his administration plans to resuscitate the State owned cocoa processing industry at Ede for value chain addition; link the cocoa revival plan with climate agenda, establish 

cottage cocoa factories across the state Under an industry cluster agenda among others.



The Governor called on "our business friends in the United Kingdom and Europe as well as North America to partner with us for mutual interest in the cocoa sector. We are widely open to investors who are interested in the value chain of the cocoa sector as well as shareholding in the existing cocoa ventures.


"Your coming to Osun is assured to be very rewarding for many reasons. Our government has enhanced the ease of doing business Osjn through an end to multiple taxation and facilitation of access to land and simplification of the approval system.


"We are open to supporting government to government, government to business, business to business arrangements. We are a willing partner and my team is here to negotiate deals and partnership", the Governor assured the cocoa conference.


Signed: 

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,

Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor






The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has urged investors to tap into the potentials of cocoa in the state, saying that his administration is already taking steps in addressing past challenges that stunted growth of the sector.


Addressing a global audience of investors in the cocoa sector in London, the United Kingdom, on Wednesday, Governor Adeleke noted that Osun brand of cocoa is highly sought after by end users providing investors with a guarantee of returns for their investments.


Governor Adeleke, who pointed out that Osun is a major cocoa belt in Nigeria to underscore opportunities, outlined ongoing efforts by his government to expand the production base and unleash the benefits of the sector for both the state and investors.


"Our cocoa is the traditional species which has the best taste in chocolate and other related products. Our brand is therefore much sought after by end users," Governor Adeleke remarked.


"Our cocoa sector faces several challenges, several of which include the need to expand the production base, ensure entrance of young farmers, ease access to finance, deepen the value chain among others.


"It was in pursuance of the above that I launched the Osun Cocoa Revival Agenda in January this year.


 The agenda focuses on assembling stakeholders to design an updated revival implementation plan; get the cocoa industry company in the state running again; put life back into the cocoa farming sub-sector through demonstration of political will; get more investors into the value chain through ease of doing business.



Others include setting up a domestic export terminal in Osun state to ease export process and access to international market; partnering with the Nigerian Railway Corporation for easy of transport; upgrading local infrastructures for farming community; setting up a modified commodity boards to strengthen stakeholders’ finance; develop partnership with financial institutions to support the cocoa farming community;


The Governor also listed the development of  relationship with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) for agric tech and innovations; and establishment of  strong partnership with the Cocoa Research Institute for partnership and collaboration engagement.


The Governor said he has directed the  state Ministry of Agriculture to establish high yielding cocoa nurseries across the local governments ; prepares an action plan for the rehabilitation of old cocoa plantations in term of facilities and re-plantation; open up new cocoa estates with young farmers; introduce deliberate programme to protect cocoa farms from destructive activities of miners and mining activities.


Describing his cocoa plan as very ambitious, Governor Adeleke said his administration plans to resuscitate the State owned cocoa processing industry at Ede for value chain addition; link the cocoa revival plan with climate agenda, establish 

cottage cocoa factories across the state Under an industry cluster agenda among others.



The Governor called on "our business friends in the United Kingdom and Europe as well as North America to partner with us for mutual interest in the cocoa sector. We are widely open to investors who are interested in the value chain of the cocoa sector as well as shareholding in the existing cocoa ventures.


"Your coming to Osun is assured to be very rewarding for many reasons. Our government has enhanced the ease of doing business Osjn through an end to multiple taxation and facilitation of access to land and simplification of the approval system.


"We are open to supporting government to government, government to business, business to business arrangements. We are a willing partner and my team is here to negotiate deals and partnership", the Governor assured the cocoa conference.


Signed: 

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,

Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor

PRESS RELEASE: DHQ REFUTES ALLEGATION OF GUARDS BRIGADE PLACED ON HIGH ALERT OVER SUSPICION OF COUP PLOT IN NIGERIA

PRESS RELEASE: DHQ REFUTES ALLEGATION OF GUARDS BRIGADE PLACED ON HIGH ALERT OVER SUSPICION OF COUP PLOT IN NIGERIA


1.​The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to a malicious and unfounded article published online by @SaharaReporters on 25  February 2024 claiming that the Guards Brigade has been put on high alert following unusual movements, leading to suspicion of a coup plot in Nigeria.  The publication also asserted amongst other things that the suspicion prompted emergency meeting involving President Bola Tinubu, the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander of the Guards Brigade.


 2.​The Defence Headquarters wishes to categorically state that the allegation is totally false. For the avoidance of doubt, the Guards Brigade has been statutorily assigned the responsibility of protecting the seat of power (The Presidency) and by extension the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.  Hence, it is to be noted that the Guards Brigade has always been on high alert in order to effectively executive its assigned tasks.


3.​It will be recalled that the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa OFR had in various fora reiterated the unalloyed commitment of members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the protection and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. Therefore, the Defence Headquarters strongly condemn this unsubstantiated assertion which is just a figment of imagination of the publisher and enjoins members of the public to disregard it.

 

4.​Furthermore, the Defence Headquarters calls on relavant security agencies to immediately take appropriate action against the Sahara Reporters for this unpatriotic action.  Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters will seek legal redress on the issue which has the ulterior motive of creating unnecessary tension in the country.  


Signed:

TUKUR GUSAU

Brigadier General

25 February2024                                         

Acting Director Defence Information


1.​The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to a malicious and unfounded article published online by @SaharaReporters on 25  February 2024 claiming that the Guards Brigade has been put on high alert following unusual movements, leading to suspicion of a coup plot in Nigeria.  The publication also asserted amongst other things that the suspicion prompted emergency meeting involving President Bola Tinubu, the Chief of Staff to the President and Commander of the Guards Brigade.


 2.​The Defence Headquarters wishes to categorically state that the allegation is totally false. For the avoidance of doubt, the Guards Brigade has been statutorily assigned the responsibility of protecting the seat of power (The Presidency) and by extension the Federal Capital Territory and its environs.  Hence, it is to be noted that the Guards Brigade has always been on high alert in order to effectively executive its assigned tasks.


3.​It will be recalled that the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa OFR had in various fora reiterated the unalloyed commitment of members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the protection and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria. Therefore, the Defence Headquarters strongly condemn this unsubstantiated assertion which is just a figment of imagination of the publisher and enjoins members of the public to disregard it.

 

4.​Furthermore, the Defence Headquarters calls on relavant security agencies to immediately take appropriate action against the Sahara Reporters for this unpatriotic action.  Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters will seek legal redress on the issue which has the ulterior motive of creating unnecessary tension in the country.  


Signed:

TUKUR GUSAU

Brigadier General

25 February2024                                         

Acting Director Defence Information

๐‡๐Ž๐. ๐€๐๐ˆ๐Ž๐ƒ๐”๐ ๐Ž๐‰๐Ž ๐‚๐Ž๐๐ƒ๐Ž๐‹๐„๐’ ๐˜๐„๐˜๐„ ๐Œ๐Ž๐ƒ๐”๐๐„ ๐€๐ƒ๐„๐‹๐„๐Š๐„ ๐’๐€๐๐๐ˆ ๐Ž๐•๐„๐‘ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐Œ๐ˆ๐’๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐‡๐„๐‘ ๐‡๐”๐’๐๐€๐๐ƒ

๐‡๐Ž๐. ๐€๐๐ˆ๐Ž๐ƒ๐”๐ ๐Ž๐‰๐Ž ๐‚๐Ž๐๐ƒ๐Ž๐‹๐„๐’ ๐˜๐„๐˜๐„ ๐Œ๐Ž๐ƒ๐”๐๐„ ๐€๐ƒ๐„๐‹๐„๐Š๐„ ๐’๐€๐๐๐ˆ ๐Ž๐•๐„๐‘ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐Œ๐ˆ๐’๐„ ๐Ž๐… ๐‡๐„๐‘ ๐‡๐”๐’๐๐€๐๐ƒ

 Osogbo 



The Osun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Hon. Abiodun Ojo has expressed shock and extended his condolences message to Gov. Ademola Adeleke, Chief Mrs. Modupe Adeleke Sanni, and the entire Adeleke family over the sudden death of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, the husband of Yeyeluwa Modupe Adeleke. 


Hon. Abiodun described Alhaji Sanni as an embodiment of Yoruba culture, wisdom, and a man who lives a God's fearful life. 


He said, 

Even after 24 hours of his passage to the great beyond, I still find it difficult to believe that Alhaji Sanni is no more, I can't forget so soon how he stood by us during our struggling days to rescue Osun State from the immediate past holder. It's been since I know Alhaji and am aware of his philanthropist gestures which have touched so many lives. 


While we continue to pray to God Almighty to rest the soul of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni well, my heartfelt condolences to Gov. Ademola Adeleke, Chief Mrs. Modupe Adeleke Sanni, the entire family of Adeleke and Sanni, though the vacuum is irreplaceable, the damage is irreparable and the loss is too big to bear but I believe God Almighty will be with the families and friends to endure this sad and hard moment of mourning our beloved one. 

He Concluded. 


๐’๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž๐:

๐‡๐จ๐ง. ๐€๐›๐ข๐จ๐๐ฎ๐ง ๐Ž๐‰๐Ž (๐…๐€๐…๐€)

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐“๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ,

๐Ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ง ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”/๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’

 Osogbo 



The Osun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Hon. Abiodun Ojo has expressed shock and extended his condolences message to Gov. Ademola Adeleke, Chief Mrs. Modupe Adeleke Sanni, and the entire Adeleke family over the sudden death of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, the husband of Yeyeluwa Modupe Adeleke. 


Hon. Abiodun described Alhaji Sanni as an embodiment of Yoruba culture, wisdom, and a man who lives a God's fearful life. 


He said, 

Even after 24 hours of his passage to the great beyond, I still find it difficult to believe that Alhaji Sanni is no more, I can't forget so soon how he stood by us during our struggling days to rescue Osun State from the immediate past holder. It's been since I know Alhaji and am aware of his philanthropist gestures which have touched so many lives. 


While we continue to pray to God Almighty to rest the soul of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni well, my heartfelt condolences to Gov. Ademola Adeleke, Chief Mrs. Modupe Adeleke Sanni, the entire family of Adeleke and Sanni, though the vacuum is irreplaceable, the damage is irreparable and the loss is too big to bear but I believe God Almighty will be with the families and friends to endure this sad and hard moment of mourning our beloved one. 

He Concluded. 


๐’๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž๐:

๐‡๐จ๐ง. ๐€๐›๐ข๐จ๐๐ฎ๐ง ๐Ž๐‰๐Ž (๐…๐€๐…๐€)

๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐“๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ,

๐Ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ง ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž.

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”/๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ/๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’

HON. TESLIM IGBALAYE MOURNS THE PASSING OF ALHAJI ADEREMI SANNI

HON. TESLIM IGBALAYE MOURNS THE PASSING OF ALHAJI ADEREMI SANNI

● COMMISERATES WITH YEYELUWA MODUPE SANNI ADELEKE.




The Secretary to the Osun State Government, Hon. Teslim Igbalaye has expressed shock over the death of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, husband of Yeyeluwa Modupe Sanni Adeleke.



In a statement signed by his media assistant, Kehinde Adeoye, the Osun SSG described late Alhaji Sanni's as a "muslim devotee" who lived an "exemplary life". 


His statement: 


"My deepest sympathy goes out to Yeyeluwa Modupe Sanni Adeleke and the entire family over the demise of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni. The news of his passing came as a rude shock. Indeed, we can't quantify the amount of pain this sad event has brought us."



"His demise has no doubt left a huge vacuum, but we take solace in the fact that baba lived an exemplary life. He was a muslim devotee who served Allah selflessly."



"Alhaji was also kind everyone around him. He preached that virtue every step of the way." 


"At this very sad time, I pray that you have the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. 


May Allah(SWT) forgive his sins and grant him Jannat-ul-Firdaus."

● COMMISERATES WITH YEYELUWA MODUPE SANNI ADELEKE.




The Secretary to the Osun State Government, Hon. Teslim Igbalaye has expressed shock over the death of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni, husband of Yeyeluwa Modupe Sanni Adeleke.



In a statement signed by his media assistant, Kehinde Adeoye, the Osun SSG described late Alhaji Sanni's as a "muslim devotee" who lived an "exemplary life". 


His statement: 


"My deepest sympathy goes out to Yeyeluwa Modupe Sanni Adeleke and the entire family over the demise of Alhaji Aderemi Sanni. The news of his passing came as a rude shock. Indeed, we can't quantify the amount of pain this sad event has brought us."



"His demise has no doubt left a huge vacuum, but we take solace in the fact that baba lived an exemplary life. He was a muslim devotee who served Allah selflessly."



"Alhaji was also kind everyone around him. He preached that virtue every step of the way." 


"At this very sad time, I pray that you have the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. 


May Allah(SWT) forgive his sins and grant him Jannat-ul-Firdaus."

NEWS RELEASE: Mallam Olawale Rasheed condoles with Yeye Dupe Adeleke-Sanni over demise of beloved husband

NEWS RELEASE: Mallam Olawale Rasheed condoles with Yeye Dupe Adeleke-Sanni over demise of beloved husband



Sanni


The Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor on Media, Mallam Olawale Rasheed is deeply saddened to learn of the news of the death of Alhaji Tohir Aderemi Sanni, the beloved husband of our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adelekk


Alhaji Sanni was not just a kindhearted and cheerful personality but also a reflection of the abundant opportunities that lies with a remarkable individual giving the dreams he shaped to reality and the hopes restored for the hopeles


His sudden demise is devastating and painful, filling not just the heart of family and loves with deep sorrow, but anyone who knew him while he was alive. I recalled our last engagement few days ago, benefiting from him as usual, the value of his wise counsels and word of encouragemen


My heartfelt condolences to our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adeleke over this touching and irreparable loss and everyone touched by the demise of Alhaji Sann


It is my sincere hope that his legacy of compassion and generosity will continue to inspire all those who had privilege of knowing him. May his memory be a source of strength to our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adeleke, children and all loved ones as they navigate through this period of grie


May Allah subhanawatahallah forgive all his shortcomings and grant him an abode in Aljanah fridaos while giving those left behind the fortitude to bear the excruciating pain of Alhaji Sanni's loss. Ami


Signe

Mallam Olawale Rasheed

The Spokesperson to the Osun State Governo

25/02/2024



Sanni


The Spokesperson to the Osun State Governor on Media, Mallam Olawale Rasheed is deeply saddened to learn of the news of the death of Alhaji Tohir Aderemi Sanni, the beloved husband of our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adelekk


Alhaji Sanni was not just a kindhearted and cheerful personality but also a reflection of the abundant opportunities that lies with a remarkable individual giving the dreams he shaped to reality and the hopes restored for the hopeles


His sudden demise is devastating and painful, filling not just the heart of family and loves with deep sorrow, but anyone who knew him while he was alive. I recalled our last engagement few days ago, benefiting from him as usual, the value of his wise counsels and word of encouragemen


My heartfelt condolences to our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adeleke over this touching and irreparable loss and everyone touched by the demise of Alhaji Sann


It is my sincere hope that his legacy of compassion and generosity will continue to inspire all those who had privilege of knowing him. May his memory be a source of strength to our mother, Yeyeluwa Modupeola Sanni-Adeleke, children and all loved ones as they navigate through this period of grie


May Allah subhanawatahallah forgive all his shortcomings and grant him an abode in Aljanah fridaos while giving those left behind the fortitude to bear the excruciating pain of Alhaji Sanni's loss. Ami


Signe

Mallam Olawale Rasheed

The Spokesperson to the Osun State Governo

25/02/2024

EFCC Arraigns Two for Alleged N35m Fraud in Enugu

EFCC Arraigns Two for Alleged N35m Fraud in Enugu




The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  has arraigned the duo of Mokawo Ahmed Yakubu and Chibuzor Okpara before Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Independence Layout, Enugu State on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N35,000,000.00 (Thirty-Five Million Naira). 

 

One of the counts reads; “That you, Mokawo Ahmed Yakubu, Chibuzor Okpara and Obinna Magnus Amadi (At large) on 3rd November, 2022 in Owerri, Imo State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud, induced one Alhaji Tukur Yuguda to deliver to you the sum of N20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million Naira) under the pretence that you will supply to him (Alhaji Tulur Yuguda) five pieces of Howo Truck, Two Howo single head and other accessories which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

 

They pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them. In view of their pleas, Nuradeen Shehu Ingawa, Counsel to the EFCC prayed the court for a trial date to enable the prosecution to prove its case and for the defendants to be remanded at the Correctional facility.

 

The defence counsel, Arinze Anyigo, however prayed the court to remand the defendants at the EFCC’s facility.

 

Justice Umar thereafter adjourned the matter to March 6, 2024 for hearing of bail application. The defendants were remanded at the EFCC’s facility.

 

The defendants allegedly lured one Alhaji Tukur Yuguda, to deliver to them the sum of N35million under the pretence that they will supply to him five pieces of Howo Truck, Two Howo single head and other accessories.

 

The petitioner found out he was defrauded after making payments and all efforts made to  recover the money from the defendants proved abortive.

 

Source - efcc




The Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  has arraigned the duo of Mokawo Ahmed Yakubu and Chibuzor Okpara before Justice Mohammed Garba Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Independence Layout, Enugu State on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N35,000,000.00 (Thirty-Five Million Naira). 

 

One of the counts reads; “That you, Mokawo Ahmed Yakubu, Chibuzor Okpara and Obinna Magnus Amadi (At large) on 3rd November, 2022 in Owerri, Imo State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court of Nigeria with intent to defraud, induced one Alhaji Tukur Yuguda to deliver to you the sum of N20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million Naira) under the pretence that you will supply to him (Alhaji Tulur Yuguda) five pieces of Howo Truck, Two Howo single head and other accessories which pretence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

 

They pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them. In view of their pleas, Nuradeen Shehu Ingawa, Counsel to the EFCC prayed the court for a trial date to enable the prosecution to prove its case and for the defendants to be remanded at the Correctional facility.

 

The defence counsel, Arinze Anyigo, however prayed the court to remand the defendants at the EFCC’s facility.

 

Justice Umar thereafter adjourned the matter to March 6, 2024 for hearing of bail application. The defendants were remanded at the EFCC’s facility.

 

The defendants allegedly lured one Alhaji Tukur Yuguda, to deliver to them the sum of N35million under the pretence that they will supply to him five pieces of Howo Truck, Two Howo single head and other accessories.

 

The petitioner found out he was defrauded after making payments and all efforts made to  recover the money from the defendants proved abortive.

 

Source - efcc

An Open Letter To Pastor E.A Adeboye: OF WITCHCRAFT AND IDOLATRY; BE WARNED!

An Open Letter To Pastor E.A Adeboye: OF WITCHCRAFT AND IDOLATRY; BE WARNED!

 Wednesday, 21st February 2024.



An Open Letter To:


Pastor E.A Adeboye,

The General Overseer,

The Redeemed Christian Church of God,

Worldwide.


Dear Sir,


OF WITCHCRAFT AND IDOLATRY; BE WARNED! 


 Apostasy begins with the perverse drive in man to push beyond the bounds of what has been revealed by God as the basis for His way of life- John W. Ritenbaugh.


Conscious of our human tendencies towards spiritual ineptitude and consequently canal adventurism; God warned us through his servant Apostle John in Revelation 22:19; "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book".


Man, all men were created to fulfill God's purpose. To that central purpose of God in Christ all persons of faith must gravitate as individuals and groups (denominations). We aren't expected to craft a purpose for ourselves as individuals or groups in the name of Christianity, rather we are to find His purpose for our lives and Ministries and live to fulfill them.


Our background as Africans makes the aforementioned warnings a watch out for, we can't deny the impact of syncretism in our songs of praises and worships these days, eulogy fitting for our ancestral deities are found in songs we sing to God Almighty. Theology of music is of essence as we grow choirs and worshipers in our churches today. The ministry of Levites, Minstrels and Psalmists must be rediscovered by men and women, boys and girls whose songs are inspired by the spirit and letters of the scriptures to give life.


Syncretism, the blending of practices from paganism into mainstream Christianity is not limited to our songs, even our prayers have taken battle structure in patterns not found in the Bible; particularly in the Gospels and the Epistles. The consciousness of Satan and his operations far outweigh that of God and his ways. Making many believers to live as if we are at the mercy of our enemies.


Only the revelation of God shows how He will be worshipped, and he will not be served in imitation of other god's.


God's ways, we must never forget, can't be "improved" by human sincerity!


Talking of imitation, it is the pattern that appeals to our creative gullibility as humans. The tendency to be someone else is the evil attraction derailing many away from the path of life and of the kingdom but of God's purpose we must constantly remind ourselves and stick to! Even the Master was drawn by his disciples who would prefer that his ministry be patterned after that of John the Baptist.


Luk 11:1 KJV And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.


Sir, even the Lord's pattern of prayer was despised by his own Disciples who observing his prayers concluded that John the Baptist model was better and was recommended for adoption by the Master.


The Master however stuck to God's purpose to reveal the pattern prayers will from then henceforth take.


Sir, a depraved church can't save a lost nation, Nigeria is lost! Most unfortunately however is the depravity of her saviours, who have gone wayward without knowing it.


A common rhetorical question in our society today is how did we get here? That question you may need to ask concerning yourself and the church under your oversight.


Where is the RCCG and I in the purpose of God for which Christ became a sacrificial Lamb for our sins and his life given in exchange for ours. 


Sir, few years ago you shared with the world how you saw in a revelation that handful of the multitude thronging to you at the Redemption Camp made it to heaven, is this revelation cast in iron, that its fulfillment is inevitable or it is a warning of a coming drift that can be averted? Your revelation made such great an impact on me and has become a reminder of the need for self examination from time to time. It is from it that the inspiration and courage is drawn to admonish you and call your attention to WITCHCRAFT and IDOLATRY practices and their influence on Christians and Christianity today which we might have been subsumed to unknowingly.


The flesh is the door way to witchcraft operations and equally a ready altar of idolatrous practices. 


How do I mean?


The capacity of our flesh to be drawn to evil and sustain and promote same was revealed in the book of Galatians 5: 19 - 26.


"Now the work of the flesh are manifest"! Listed as works, our flesh can work are hatred, strife, jealousy, anger, self ambition or self seeking, dissensions, envy, sorcery which is also WITCHCRAFT, without forgetting to include on the list IDOLATRY and anything similar.


The life of the flesh is contrast with the life in the spirit and fruits of the spirit life are also listed; life from which our songs, prayers must be drawn; after which our life must be patterned is love. How much of God's love does our songs communicate? How much of it is loaded into our prayers? Aren't we self seeking in our songs and prayers?


The trend of unscriptural prayers across churches in Africa is worrisome, not just to Bible believing Kingdom minded and Christ centered Christians, but by the understanding of the word of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are worried about the trend that streamed out of the Nigerian church "in the name of prayer revival that are gratifying to the flesh but are grieving the Spirit; if we still have Him".


Concerning the works of the flesh, we were told in advance that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. The church in Nigeria is obviously under this judgement, with so much in common with nations roundabout us, priding ourselves in exploits done through things we have bought with money in our obedience to Mammon! Folly is what it is when the poorest nation on earth is housing richest churches and arguably the 1st 10 richest Pastors in the world. The rat race to out do one another and the ungodly results gotten in the process are yardstick for success in life and ministry. This evil has become the motivation for our prayers.


This may be difficult to accept but witchcraft is the practice in many places in the name of prayers.


All due respect sir, you are a father figure, not just in the church in Nigeria but to this generation. Your influence and to what it is deployed is therefore of interest to God and his kingdom. Your pattern of prayer lately should worry anyone who sincerely knows the Lord and understands God's pattern.


Sometimes not too long ago, you were seen in a video that has gone viral praying for a gathering I want to assume were members of RCCG that all other members of the family of God, that is denominations will bow to them. I need not tell you sir, that the wall of denominations are collapsing; that of course includes the wall of RCCG. God is moving the church to where it started from; the upper room in a house. 



Before the most recent prayers, you have prayed for members of RCCG that their family, friends and colleagues will not be able to eat without them. I wasn't surprised though, because the level of canal adventurism in that prayer is better than many places where, friends, families and colleagues that Jesus died for and left us behind to save through a life of love and preaching of the gospel of the kingdom are daily killed by fire.


Your latest prayers Sir, is my concern; "I decree in the name that is above every other name; Christians from every other denomination will bow before you"! It was followed as usual with the thunderous echo of Amen!!!!!


Amen of course means so be it, or thus saith the Lord. It is therefore important that we look into the Bible to establish that this prayer qualifies for what we can declare as Amen! Thus says the Lord and so shall it be.


The name above all names in which you prayed sir, is the name of Jesus and I will like to call your attention to how the one in whose name you made your request to the Father handled a similar prayer while he was here on earth.


In Matthew 20: 20-28. A Mrs Zebedee, moved with mother's love had approached Jesus in company of his two sons; James and John worshiping him and desiring for her two sons what you "philially" and not "agapely" desire for all your children under the umbrella of RCCG.


What wilt thou, the Lord asked her.


Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right and the other on the left in thy kingdom.


The Lord answered; Madam, unfortunately it has been given to them for whom it is prepared of my father!


The request was not granted, but the news of the prayer divided the disciples just like the news of your prayers which by this pattern the Lord may not answer is dividing the body of Christ.

For when the 10 heard it, Easy English Version says they were angry, International Standard Version says they were furious and the King James says they were moved with indignation. 


Self seeking was listed as a work of the flesh, a self seeking prayer as seen in the Zebedees, activated anger in the other 10 Disciples, they were furious!


The master was smart at saving his disciples from witchcraft operations. He called them to himself and taught them how to have such a place of honour with God! 


"You know that the Prince of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them and they that are great exercise authority but in this kingdom it shall not be so. Whosoever will be great among you let him be your Minister! The word minister is the Greek word "diakonos", a steward, particularly of the least steward of the house. 


Sir, what you desire like Mrs Zebedee for your children in RCCG can only be gotten in the humility of stewardship to the body of Christ.




Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. President Voice Of His Word Ministries, Convener Apostolic Round Table; ART. 

[email protected]

+2348033041236.

 Wednesday, 21st February 2024.



An Open Letter To:


Pastor E.A Adeboye,

The General Overseer,

The Redeemed Christian Church of God,

Worldwide.


Dear Sir,


OF WITCHCRAFT AND IDOLATRY; BE WARNED! 


 Apostasy begins with the perverse drive in man to push beyond the bounds of what has been revealed by God as the basis for His way of life- John W. Ritenbaugh.


Conscious of our human tendencies towards spiritual ineptitude and consequently canal adventurism; God warned us through his servant Apostle John in Revelation 22:19; "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book".


Man, all men were created to fulfill God's purpose. To that central purpose of God in Christ all persons of faith must gravitate as individuals and groups (denominations). We aren't expected to craft a purpose for ourselves as individuals or groups in the name of Christianity, rather we are to find His purpose for our lives and Ministries and live to fulfill them.


Our background as Africans makes the aforementioned warnings a watch out for, we can't deny the impact of syncretism in our songs of praises and worships these days, eulogy fitting for our ancestral deities are found in songs we sing to God Almighty. Theology of music is of essence as we grow choirs and worshipers in our churches today. The ministry of Levites, Minstrels and Psalmists must be rediscovered by men and women, boys and girls whose songs are inspired by the spirit and letters of the scriptures to give life.


Syncretism, the blending of practices from paganism into mainstream Christianity is not limited to our songs, even our prayers have taken battle structure in patterns not found in the Bible; particularly in the Gospels and the Epistles. The consciousness of Satan and his operations far outweigh that of God and his ways. Making many believers to live as if we are at the mercy of our enemies.


Only the revelation of God shows how He will be worshipped, and he will not be served in imitation of other god's.


God's ways, we must never forget, can't be "improved" by human sincerity!


Talking of imitation, it is the pattern that appeals to our creative gullibility as humans. The tendency to be someone else is the evil attraction derailing many away from the path of life and of the kingdom but of God's purpose we must constantly remind ourselves and stick to! Even the Master was drawn by his disciples who would prefer that his ministry be patterned after that of John the Baptist.


Luk 11:1 KJV And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.


Sir, even the Lord's pattern of prayer was despised by his own Disciples who observing his prayers concluded that John the Baptist model was better and was recommended for adoption by the Master.


The Master however stuck to God's purpose to reveal the pattern prayers will from then henceforth take.


Sir, a depraved church can't save a lost nation, Nigeria is lost! Most unfortunately however is the depravity of her saviours, who have gone wayward without knowing it.


A common rhetorical question in our society today is how did we get here? That question you may need to ask concerning yourself and the church under your oversight.


Where is the RCCG and I in the purpose of God for which Christ became a sacrificial Lamb for our sins and his life given in exchange for ours. 


Sir, few years ago you shared with the world how you saw in a revelation that handful of the multitude thronging to you at the Redemption Camp made it to heaven, is this revelation cast in iron, that its fulfillment is inevitable or it is a warning of a coming drift that can be averted? Your revelation made such great an impact on me and has become a reminder of the need for self examination from time to time. It is from it that the inspiration and courage is drawn to admonish you and call your attention to WITCHCRAFT and IDOLATRY practices and their influence on Christians and Christianity today which we might have been subsumed to unknowingly.


The flesh is the door way to witchcraft operations and equally a ready altar of idolatrous practices. 


How do I mean?


The capacity of our flesh to be drawn to evil and sustain and promote same was revealed in the book of Galatians 5: 19 - 26.


"Now the work of the flesh are manifest"! Listed as works, our flesh can work are hatred, strife, jealousy, anger, self ambition or self seeking, dissensions, envy, sorcery which is also WITCHCRAFT, without forgetting to include on the list IDOLATRY and anything similar.


The life of the flesh is contrast with the life in the spirit and fruits of the spirit life are also listed; life from which our songs, prayers must be drawn; after which our life must be patterned is love. How much of God's love does our songs communicate? How much of it is loaded into our prayers? Aren't we self seeking in our songs and prayers?


The trend of unscriptural prayers across churches in Africa is worrisome, not just to Bible believing Kingdom minded and Christ centered Christians, but by the understanding of the word of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are worried about the trend that streamed out of the Nigerian church "in the name of prayer revival that are gratifying to the flesh but are grieving the Spirit; if we still have Him".


Concerning the works of the flesh, we were told in advance that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. The church in Nigeria is obviously under this judgement, with so much in common with nations roundabout us, priding ourselves in exploits done through things we have bought with money in our obedience to Mammon! Folly is what it is when the poorest nation on earth is housing richest churches and arguably the 1st 10 richest Pastors in the world. The rat race to out do one another and the ungodly results gotten in the process are yardstick for success in life and ministry. This evil has become the motivation for our prayers.


This may be difficult to accept but witchcraft is the practice in many places in the name of prayers.


All due respect sir, you are a father figure, not just in the church in Nigeria but to this generation. Your influence and to what it is deployed is therefore of interest to God and his kingdom. Your pattern of prayer lately should worry anyone who sincerely knows the Lord and understands God's pattern.


Sometimes not too long ago, you were seen in a video that has gone viral praying for a gathering I want to assume were members of RCCG that all other members of the family of God, that is denominations will bow to them. I need not tell you sir, that the wall of denominations are collapsing; that of course includes the wall of RCCG. God is moving the church to where it started from; the upper room in a house. 



Before the most recent prayers, you have prayed for members of RCCG that their family, friends and colleagues will not be able to eat without them. I wasn't surprised though, because the level of canal adventurism in that prayer is better than many places where, friends, families and colleagues that Jesus died for and left us behind to save through a life of love and preaching of the gospel of the kingdom are daily killed by fire.


Your latest prayers Sir, is my concern; "I decree in the name that is above every other name; Christians from every other denomination will bow before you"! It was followed as usual with the thunderous echo of Amen!!!!!


Amen of course means so be it, or thus saith the Lord. It is therefore important that we look into the Bible to establish that this prayer qualifies for what we can declare as Amen! Thus says the Lord and so shall it be.


The name above all names in which you prayed sir, is the name of Jesus and I will like to call your attention to how the one in whose name you made your request to the Father handled a similar prayer while he was here on earth.


In Matthew 20: 20-28. A Mrs Zebedee, moved with mother's love had approached Jesus in company of his two sons; James and John worshiping him and desiring for her two sons what you "philially" and not "agapely" desire for all your children under the umbrella of RCCG.


What wilt thou, the Lord asked her.


Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right and the other on the left in thy kingdom.


The Lord answered; Madam, unfortunately it has been given to them for whom it is prepared of my father!


The request was not granted, but the news of the prayer divided the disciples just like the news of your prayers which by this pattern the Lord may not answer is dividing the body of Christ.

For when the 10 heard it, Easy English Version says they were angry, International Standard Version says they were furious and the King James says they were moved with indignation. 


Self seeking was listed as a work of the flesh, a self seeking prayer as seen in the Zebedees, activated anger in the other 10 Disciples, they were furious!


The master was smart at saving his disciples from witchcraft operations. He called them to himself and taught them how to have such a place of honour with God! 


"You know that the Prince of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them and they that are great exercise authority but in this kingdom it shall not be so. Whosoever will be great among you let him be your Minister! The word minister is the Greek word "diakonos", a steward, particularly of the least steward of the house. 


Sir, what you desire like Mrs Zebedee for your children in RCCG can only be gotten in the humility of stewardship to the body of Christ.




Dr Bolaji O. Akinyemi is an Apostle and Nation Builder. President Voice Of His Word Ministries, Convener Apostolic Round Table; ART. 

[email protected]

+2348033041236.

EFCC Arrests 27 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Bauchi

EFCC Arrests 27 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Bauchi


Operatives of the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on Thursday, February 22, 2024, arrested 27 suspected internet fraudsters.

 

They were arrested at D&D Apartment and Bubes Hotel, Yelwa, Bauchi State, following credible information on their suspected involvement in internet- related offences.

 




Items recovered from the suspects include a BMW car, iphones, Ipads, laptops and a desktop computer.

 

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.



Operatives of the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  on Thursday, February 22, 2024, arrested 27 suspected internet fraudsters.

 

They were arrested at D&D Apartment and Bubes Hotel, Yelwa, Bauchi State, following credible information on their suspected involvement in internet- related offences.

 




Items recovered from the suspects include a BMW car, iphones, Ipads, laptops and a desktop computer.

 

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.


EFCC Arraigns Former Kwara Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for N10bn Fraud

EFCC Arraigns Former Kwara Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for N10bn Fraud

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the immediate past governor of Kwara State,  Abdulfatah Ahmed before Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.

He was arraigned on a 12-count charge bordering on alleged mismanagement of public funds to the tune of N10billion.

Count one of the charges reads:

“That you, ABDULFATAH AHMED (while being the Governor of Kwara State) between 2015 and 2019 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court used an aggregate sum of N1,610,730,500.00 (One Billion, Six Hundred and Ten Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) property of Kwara State Government, meant for the security and running cost of the Government of Kwara State to charter private jets through Travel Messengers Limited on different occasions for your local travels and which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful act, to wit: Criminal Breach of Trust or Theft and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2)(a) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”.


 Count three of the charges reads:

“That you, ABDULFATAH AHMED (while being the Governor of Kwara State) and ADEMOLA BANU (while being the Commissioner of Finance of Kwara State), between January and December 2018 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired between yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: Conversion of the sum of N411,000,000.00 (Four Hundred and Eleven Million Naira) property of Kwara State Government meant for the provision of security in Kwara State, which sum you reasonably ought to have known was a proceed of an unlawful act, to wit; theft/fraud and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act”.


 The former governor was charged alongside his commissioner for finance,  Ademola Banu who neither appeared in court nor had legal representation when the case was called.


Banu, who was listed as the second defendant on the charge sheet is facing a 10-count charge also bordering on mismanagement of public funds while he served under Ahmed’s administration as commissioner for finance.


When the matter was called,  EFCC’s lead counsel,   Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, informed the court that Banu jumped an administrative bail granted him by the EFCC and efforts to arrest him had proved abortive. He urged the court to rely on Section 83 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) to issue a summons against his surety, Salami Bashiru Ola and/or warrant of arrest against the second defendant (Banu).


The defence  led by Kehinde Eleja, SAN, did not put any defence in favour of the second defendant as he said that his appearance was for the first defendant.


In a short ruling, Justice Anyadike issued a bench warrant against Banu.


Thereafter, the court took the plea of the first defendant on each count. When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

Upon his plea, Jacobs urged the court to fix a date for trial, but Eleja through an oral application prayed the court to admit his client to bail. Citing Section 162 of the ACJA, the defence counsel said all the twelve counts against the defendant are bailable. 


Therefore, he prayed the court to exercise its discretion in favour of the defendant

Jacobs in response, opposed the bail application by the defence, but conceded the fact that bail is at the discretion of the court.

After listening to the arguments and counter-arguments of both counsels, Justice Anyadike admitted the first defendant  to bail in the sum of N50million with two sureties in like sum. According to the judge, the sureties must deposit  their passports with the court's registrar. One of the sureties must have a landed property in Ilorin with the title documents of the property deposited with the Registrar of the Federal High Court. The sureties must also produce evidence of payment of electricity bills for the last three years.


In addition to the listed conditions, the judge ordered that the sum of N50million must be paid as bond into the litigation account of the Federal High Court, which will be returned to the sureties after the final determination of the case, but forfeited to the Federal Government in the event the defendant jump bail.


As part of the bail conditions, the court also ordered that the international passport of the defendant be kept with the court’s registrar, which the former governor must apply to get if the need arises for him to travel abroad for medical reasons.

The judge thereafter ordered the defendant to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the perfection of his bail terms. He adjourned to April 29 and 30, 2024 for commencement of trial.

 

Ahmed, among sundry issues allegedly spent the sum of N1,610,730,500.00 meant for the security and administration of the state to charter private jets when he held sway as governor between 2015- 2019 in contravention of Section 15(2)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) which is punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.


He was also accused of failing to make a declaration in the Assets Declaration Form offered  him by the officers of the EFCC after he was arrested contrary to Section 27(3)(c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act No. 1 of 2004, which is punishable with a term of 5years imprisonment under Section 27(3) of the same Act.

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the immediate past governor of Kwara State,  Abdulfatah Ahmed before Justice Evelyn Anyadike of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin.

He was arraigned on a 12-count charge bordering on alleged mismanagement of public funds to the tune of N10billion.

Count one of the charges reads:

“That you, ABDULFATAH AHMED (while being the Governor of Kwara State) between 2015 and 2019 in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court used an aggregate sum of N1,610,730,500.00 (One Billion, Six Hundred and Ten Million, Seven Hundred and Thirty Thousand, Five Hundred Naira) property of Kwara State Government, meant for the security and running cost of the Government of Kwara State to charter private jets through Travel Messengers Limited on different occasions for your local travels and which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of your unlawful act, to wit: Criminal Breach of Trust or Theft and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15(2)(a) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”.


 Count three of the charges reads:

“That you, ABDULFATAH AHMED (while being the Governor of Kwara State) and ADEMOLA BANU (while being the Commissioner of Finance of Kwara State), between January and December 2018 in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired between yourselves to commit an offence, to wit: Conversion of the sum of N411,000,000.00 (Four Hundred and Eleven Million Naira) property of Kwara State Government meant for the provision of security in Kwara State, which sum you reasonably ought to have known was a proceed of an unlawful act, to wit; theft/fraud and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act”.


 The former governor was charged alongside his commissioner for finance,  Ademola Banu who neither appeared in court nor had legal representation when the case was called.


Banu, who was listed as the second defendant on the charge sheet is facing a 10-count charge also bordering on mismanagement of public funds while he served under Ahmed’s administration as commissioner for finance.


When the matter was called,  EFCC’s lead counsel,   Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, informed the court that Banu jumped an administrative bail granted him by the EFCC and efforts to arrest him had proved abortive. He urged the court to rely on Section 83 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) to issue a summons against his surety, Salami Bashiru Ola and/or warrant of arrest against the second defendant (Banu).


The defence  led by Kehinde Eleja, SAN, did not put any defence in favour of the second defendant as he said that his appearance was for the first defendant.


In a short ruling, Justice Anyadike issued a bench warrant against Banu.


Thereafter, the court took the plea of the first defendant on each count. When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

Upon his plea, Jacobs urged the court to fix a date for trial, but Eleja through an oral application prayed the court to admit his client to bail. Citing Section 162 of the ACJA, the defence counsel said all the twelve counts against the defendant are bailable. 


Therefore, he prayed the court to exercise its discretion in favour of the defendant

Jacobs in response, opposed the bail application by the defence, but conceded the fact that bail is at the discretion of the court.

After listening to the arguments and counter-arguments of both counsels, Justice Anyadike admitted the first defendant  to bail in the sum of N50million with two sureties in like sum. According to the judge, the sureties must deposit  their passports with the court's registrar. One of the sureties must have a landed property in Ilorin with the title documents of the property deposited with the Registrar of the Federal High Court. The sureties must also produce evidence of payment of electricity bills for the last three years.


In addition to the listed conditions, the judge ordered that the sum of N50million must be paid as bond into the litigation account of the Federal High Court, which will be returned to the sureties after the final determination of the case, but forfeited to the Federal Government in the event the defendant jump bail.


As part of the bail conditions, the court also ordered that the international passport of the defendant be kept with the court’s registrar, which the former governor must apply to get if the need arises for him to travel abroad for medical reasons.

The judge thereafter ordered the defendant to be remanded in EFCC custody pending the perfection of his bail terms. He adjourned to April 29 and 30, 2024 for commencement of trial.

 

Ahmed, among sundry issues allegedly spent the sum of N1,610,730,500.00 meant for the security and administration of the state to charter private jets when he held sway as governor between 2015- 2019 in contravention of Section 15(2)(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) which is punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.


He was also accused of failing to make a declaration in the Assets Declaration Form offered  him by the officers of the EFCC after he was arrested contrary to Section 27(3)(c) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act No. 1 of 2004, which is punishable with a term of 5years imprisonment under Section 27(3) of the same Act.

How Ijesa Tradiional Council Endorses Governor Adeleke for Second Term (+ Photos)

How Ijesa Tradiional Council Endorses Governor Adeleke for Second Term (+ Photos)

Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Dr. Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran and the แปŒwa in Council have endoresed Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke for second term. A statement signed by the spokesperson to the Governor Mallam Olawale Rasheed confirmed this.


According to the reports, the Ijesa  frontline traditional ruler gave the endorsement when the Governor paid an unscheduled royal homage to the King at his palace on Wednesday in Ilesa.


".Oba (Dr.) Aromolaran described the Governor as a man of his words who fulfilled his promise to establish a world-class university in Ilesa." 


 According to him, Senator Adeleke has changed the narrative of Ilesa to a university town within one year of his assumption in office.


" Many politicians in the past have made empty promises of establishing a university in the town in deception just to curry electoral victory."


"We the Ijesas love the Governor so much and the whole world can attest to that," the frontline traditional ruler noted.


"Governor, your second term is guaranteed. The people of Ijesaland will double our result in the next governorship election" Oba Aromolaran asserted.


Speaking earlier, High Chief Araoye, while welcoming the Governor to the palace of แปŒwรก, said the entire people of Ijesaland will forever be grateful to Senator Adeleke for making good his promise to establish the long awaited University in Ilesa, saying the institution has become fully functional all within one year of Governor Ademola Adeleke in office. 


He also appreciated the Governor for appointing Ijรจsร  indigenes to key posts in his administration, saying this is unprecedented in the history of Ijesaland.


Responding, Senator Ademola Adeleke was full of appreciation to the Kabiesi, the แปŒwa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland and the entire ijesa for standing by him.


Senator Adeleke described the แปŒwa as his father who has always been supportive of his administration. 

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Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Dr. Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran and the แปŒwa in Council have endoresed Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke for second term. A statement signed by the spokesperson to the Governor Mallam Olawale Rasheed confirmed this.


According to the reports, the Ijesa  frontline traditional ruler gave the endorsement when the Governor paid an unscheduled royal homage to the King at his palace on Wednesday in Ilesa.


".Oba (Dr.) Aromolaran described the Governor as a man of his words who fulfilled his promise to establish a world-class university in Ilesa." 


 According to him, Senator Adeleke has changed the narrative of Ilesa to a university town within one year of his assumption in office.


" Many politicians in the past have made empty promises of establishing a university in the town in deception just to curry electoral victory."


"We the Ijesas love the Governor so much and the whole world can attest to that," the frontline traditional ruler noted.


"Governor, your second term is guaranteed. The people of Ijesaland will double our result in the next governorship election" Oba Aromolaran asserted.


Speaking earlier, High Chief Araoye, while welcoming the Governor to the palace of แปŒwรก, said the entire people of Ijesaland will forever be grateful to Senator Adeleke for making good his promise to establish the long awaited University in Ilesa, saying the institution has become fully functional all within one year of Governor Ademola Adeleke in office. 


He also appreciated the Governor for appointing Ijรจsร  indigenes to key posts in his administration, saying this is unprecedented in the history of Ijesaland.


Responding, Senator Ademola Adeleke was full of appreciation to the Kabiesi, the แปŒwa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland and the entire ijesa for standing by him.


Senator Adeleke described the แปŒwa as his father who has always been supportive of his administration. 

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HUNTERS IN ADAMAWA STATE JOIN TIES WITH NIGERIAN ARMY TO FIGHT CRIMINALITIES

HUNTERS IN ADAMAWA STATE JOIN TIES WITH NIGERIAN ARMY TO FIGHT CRIMINALITIES

In support to the unwavering commitment of the Nigerian Army to decisively deal with all forms of criminalities in the country, the Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Services (NHFSS), Adamawa state has expressed its readiness to provide the needed support to troops of 23 Brigade.


This was made known on 22 February 2024, when the Commander Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Services Adamawa State Chapter Mr Aminu Hammanjoda Furo paid the Brigade Commander a courtesy visit at the Headquarters 23 Brigade, Gibson Jalo Cantonment Yola, the Adamawa State Capital. 

 

Mr Aminu Furo stated that, the Hunters and Forest security service was formed to promote peace and security of the law abiding citizens of Adamawa state, especially in the remote communities where security presence are limited. He expressed the readiness of the organization to provide the troops of 23 Brigade with timely security information that will aid timely response of troops to flush out miscreants that uses the forests as their hideouts to commit heinous acts.


Responding, the Commander 23 Brigade, Brigadier General Paul Kefas Zawaya commended the activities of hunters and reassures of his support to the organization. He highlighted that 23 Brigade is committed to wider consultation to collaborate with individuals , groups or organizations to deliver the mandate of a peaceful society.


Brigadier General Zawaya further commended the Executive Governor of Adamawa state, His Excellency Rt Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his foresight of ensuring the hunters complement the security agencies in fighting all forms of criminalities in the state. He also charged the members of the organization to be neutral, fair, just and never victimize innocent citizens. He however reemphasize on the significance of timely information sharing to security agencies on activities of miscreants.


The visit was anchored by a group photograph with members of the organization.


ADEBAYO SAMUEL ADEWUMI

Lieutenant

Acting Assistant Director Army Public Relations

HQ 23 Brigade

22 February 2024

In support to the unwavering commitment of the Nigerian Army to decisively deal with all forms of criminalities in the country, the Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Services (NHFSS), Adamawa state has expressed its readiness to provide the needed support to troops of 23 Brigade.


This was made known on 22 February 2024, when the Commander Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Services Adamawa State Chapter Mr Aminu Hammanjoda Furo paid the Brigade Commander a courtesy visit at the Headquarters 23 Brigade, Gibson Jalo Cantonment Yola, the Adamawa State Capital. 

 

Mr Aminu Furo stated that, the Hunters and Forest security service was formed to promote peace and security of the law abiding citizens of Adamawa state, especially in the remote communities where security presence are limited. He expressed the readiness of the organization to provide the troops of 23 Brigade with timely security information that will aid timely response of troops to flush out miscreants that uses the forests as their hideouts to commit heinous acts.


Responding, the Commander 23 Brigade, Brigadier General Paul Kefas Zawaya commended the activities of hunters and reassures of his support to the organization. He highlighted that 23 Brigade is committed to wider consultation to collaborate with individuals , groups or organizations to deliver the mandate of a peaceful society.


Brigadier General Zawaya further commended the Executive Governor of Adamawa state, His Excellency Rt Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his foresight of ensuring the hunters complement the security agencies in fighting all forms of criminalities in the state. He also charged the members of the organization to be neutral, fair, just and never victimize innocent citizens. He however reemphasize on the significance of timely information sharing to security agencies on activities of miscreants.


The visit was anchored by a group photograph with members of the organization.


ADEBAYO SAMUEL ADEWUMI

Lieutenant

Acting Assistant Director Army Public Relations

HQ 23 Brigade

22 February 2024

Foreigners among 115 Suspected Currency Racketeers Arrested in Enugu by EFCC, JTF

Foreigners among 115 Suspected Currency Racketeers Arrested in Enugu by EFCC, JTF


  …. Recover N110m, $8,368



Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in conjunction with a Joint Task Force comprising  five teams from the Nigeria Police Force and three teams from the Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 arrested 115 (One hundred and fifteen) suspected currency racketeers in Enugu State.

 

The suspects comprising 113 (One hundred and thirteen) males and two  females were arrested  in a sting operation at Owerri Road, Ogui, Enugu State, following credible intelligence about some  bureau de change operators, currency speculators and street hawkers operating illegal foreign exchange markets in that environment.

 

Items recovered from them include:  N110, 700,000.00 (One Hundred and Ten Million, Seven Hundred Thousand  Naira) only,  $8,368.00 (Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixty Eight United States Dollars), £145.00 (One Hundred and Forty Five Pounds),  €2,725 (Two Thousand, Seven Hundred Twenty Five Euros),  900 South African Rands, 32,000.00 CFA, 100 Turkiya, and 500 Bank Mozambique currencies in different denominations. A safe abandoned by one of the street hawkers was also recovered.


Preliminary investigation showed that some of the suspects are foreigners

from Niger Republic.  


They would soon be charged to court.



  …. Recover N110m, $8,368



Operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in conjunction with a Joint Task Force comprising  five teams from the Nigeria Police Force and three teams from the Nigeria Customs Service on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 arrested 115 (One hundred and fifteen) suspected currency racketeers in Enugu State.

 

The suspects comprising 113 (One hundred and thirteen) males and two  females were arrested  in a sting operation at Owerri Road, Ogui, Enugu State, following credible intelligence about some  bureau de change operators, currency speculators and street hawkers operating illegal foreign exchange markets in that environment.

 

Items recovered from them include:  N110, 700,000.00 (One Hundred and Ten Million, Seven Hundred Thousand  Naira) only,  $8,368.00 (Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Sixty Eight United States Dollars), £145.00 (One Hundred and Forty Five Pounds),  €2,725 (Two Thousand, Seven Hundred Twenty Five Euros),  900 South African Rands, 32,000.00 CFA, 100 Turkiya, and 500 Bank Mozambique currencies in different denominations. A safe abandoned by one of the street hawkers was also recovered.


Preliminary investigation showed that some of the suspects are foreigners

from Niger Republic.  


They would soon be charged to court.


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