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Donald Trump says he will end the funding to Ukraine if he becomes President

Donald Trump says he will end the funding to Ukraine if he becomes President

 


Former US President Donald Trump has said he will end the funding to Ukraine if he becomes President in 2024.


The US led NATO under president Joe Biden in a resolution has viewed to continue funding the war in Ukraine until the Russia is defeated and Putin is removed from office.


The G7 in a resolution in Italy was seeking to even finance Ukraine with Russia sized money and assets in Europe and America.


 


Former US President Donald Trump has said he will end the funding to Ukraine if he becomes President in 2024.


The US led NATO under president Joe Biden in a resolution has viewed to continue funding the war in Ukraine until the Russia is defeated and Putin is removed from office.


The G7 in a resolution in Italy was seeking to even finance Ukraine with Russia sized money and assets in Europe and America.


NDLEA bursts Lagos warehouse, seizes N4.7billion cocaine, meth, arrests siblings in Aba

NDLEA bursts Lagos warehouse, seizes N4.7billion cocaine, meth, arrests siblings in Aba


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) announced that its special operation unit has taken down a cartel controlled by a drug baron, 49-year-old Kelechi Monday Nwaobasi, and his 50-year-old elder sister, Ms. Chinwe Rose Nwaobasi.

The NDLEA said the development followed the arrest of the suspects’ siblings and the seizure of cocaine and methamphetamine consignments worth over N4.1 billion in street value from their hideout in Aba, Abia State.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) announced that its special operation unit has taken down a cartel controlled by a drug baron, 49-year-old Kelechi Monday Nwaobasi, and his 50-year-old elder sister, Ms. Chinwe Rose Nwaobasi.

The NDLEA said the development followed the arrest of the suspects’ siblings and the seizure of cocaine and methamphetamine consignments worth over N4.1 billion in street value from their hideout in Aba, Abia State.

EFCC Charges Casino, Gaming Operators on Compliance With AML/ CFT Regulations

EFCC Charges Casino, Gaming Operators on Compliance With AML/ CFT Regulations


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has charged operators in both the casino and gaming sectors in the country to comply with  Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) laws in their operations.


This call was made in Lagos on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at a workshop tagged “Promoting Implementation of Customer Due Diligence and Targeted Financial Sanctions (TFS) Requirements in Casinos and Gaming Sector" organized by the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML), a Department in the EFCC.


Speaking at the occasion, Michael T. Wetkas,  acting Lagos Zonal Director of the EFCC,  who declared the workshop open, said: “ We acknowledge and appreciate your significant contributions to the nation's economic growth.  However, we urge you to ensure that your operations align with the provisions of the law”.


Wetkas, who was represented by Richard  Adejumo, Head, Foreign Exchange Malpractices Section, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Command, added that “Our goal is to support Nigeria's efforts to exit the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) list. A key area of focus is enhancing Know Your Customer (KYC) practices, which will help prevent Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) from using your platforms for money laundering and embezzlement."


Earlier, Pascal Samu, acting Deputy Director, SCUML, EFCC Headquarters, said: “This event must be seen as part of the continued partnership between SCUML and  stakeholders in the gaming industry towards the development of an effective, sustainable and mutually beneficial AML/CFT supervision of the sector in Nigeria.”


He further explained that as industry operators, they must continue to promote the adoption of measures, such as customers’ due diligence, detection and filing of suspicious transaction reports, implementation of targeted financial sanction and beneficial ownership verification, among others.


According to him, “This will strengthen your compliance and build a common formidable response against terrorist financiers and other criminal elements seeking to abuse the sector.”


He also stated that the workshop, in addition to building individual operator’s capacity, would also enable a cross-fertilization of ideas and experience-sharing across the industry.”


In his remarks,  Bashiru Are, Executive Director of Lagos State Lotteries Board, LSLB, urged the participants to take the issue of compliance seriously.


In her presentation titled “Overview of Typology Studies( Corruption and Money Laundering)”,  Ibinabo Mary Amachree, Head, SCUML Lagos, exposed  participants to the  various methods, patterns, and techniques that criminals use in exploiting casinos operators and how to avoid falling prey to them.


She also encouraged participants to support the EFCC in its efforts to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.


Folashade Oluwasanya, a senior Compliance Officer with SCUML, Lagos, delivered a lecture on “ Implementing Targeted Financial  Sanctions in the Casino Sector”, while  Sylvester Akpan, also an officer in SCUML, Lagos, spoke on “ The Importance  of Know Your Customers,KYC,/ Customer Due Diligence”.

 


Source: EFCC 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has charged operators in both the casino and gaming sectors in the country to comply with  Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CFT) laws in their operations.


This call was made in Lagos on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at a workshop tagged “Promoting Implementation of Customer Due Diligence and Targeted Financial Sanctions (TFS) Requirements in Casinos and Gaming Sector" organized by the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML), a Department in the EFCC.


Speaking at the occasion, Michael T. Wetkas,  acting Lagos Zonal Director of the EFCC,  who declared the workshop open, said: “ We acknowledge and appreciate your significant contributions to the nation's economic growth.  However, we urge you to ensure that your operations align with the provisions of the law”.


Wetkas, who was represented by Richard  Adejumo, Head, Foreign Exchange Malpractices Section, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Command, added that “Our goal is to support Nigeria's efforts to exit the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) list. A key area of focus is enhancing Know Your Customer (KYC) practices, which will help prevent Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) from using your platforms for money laundering and embezzlement."


Earlier, Pascal Samu, acting Deputy Director, SCUML, EFCC Headquarters, said: “This event must be seen as part of the continued partnership between SCUML and  stakeholders in the gaming industry towards the development of an effective, sustainable and mutually beneficial AML/CFT supervision of the sector in Nigeria.”


He further explained that as industry operators, they must continue to promote the adoption of measures, such as customers’ due diligence, detection and filing of suspicious transaction reports, implementation of targeted financial sanction and beneficial ownership verification, among others.


According to him, “This will strengthen your compliance and build a common formidable response against terrorist financiers and other criminal elements seeking to abuse the sector.”


He also stated that the workshop, in addition to building individual operator’s capacity, would also enable a cross-fertilization of ideas and experience-sharing across the industry.”


In his remarks,  Bashiru Are, Executive Director of Lagos State Lotteries Board, LSLB, urged the participants to take the issue of compliance seriously.


In her presentation titled “Overview of Typology Studies( Corruption and Money Laundering)”,  Ibinabo Mary Amachree, Head, SCUML Lagos, exposed  participants to the  various methods, patterns, and techniques that criminals use in exploiting casinos operators and how to avoid falling prey to them.


She also encouraged participants to support the EFCC in its efforts to combat money laundering and terrorism financing.


Folashade Oluwasanya, a senior Compliance Officer with SCUML, Lagos, delivered a lecture on “ Implementing Targeted Financial  Sanctions in the Casino Sector”, while  Sylvester Akpan, also an officer in SCUML, Lagos, spoke on “ The Importance  of Know Your Customers,KYC,/ Customer Due Diligence”.

 


Source: EFCC 

NAF bombards bandit kingpin’s camp, kills 25 terrorists in Katsina

NAF bombards bandit kingpin’s camp, kills 25 terrorists in Katsina


In an operation conducted yesterday, the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji successfully hit the camp of a notorious bandit kingpin, Alhaji Dutsi, in Katsina State.


The Nigerian Air Force airstrikes resulted in the elimination of over 25 terrorists, disrupting criminal activities in the area.


In an operation conducted yesterday, the Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji successfully hit the camp of a notorious bandit kingpin, Alhaji Dutsi, in Katsina State.


The Nigerian Air Force airstrikes resulted in the elimination of over 25 terrorists, disrupting criminal activities in the area.

BIS Survey: 94% of Central Banks Exploring Digital Currency

BIS Survey: 94% of Central Banks Exploring Digital Currency


The latest Bank for International Settlements (BIS) survey reveals that 94% of central banks are exploring central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).  Bitcoin.com reportd 


There has been a notable increase in wholesale CBDC experiments, especially in advanced economies. Central banks are examining various factors for retail CBDCs, including holding limits and offline functionality.


BIS eleased a report on June 14, titled “Embracing diversity, advancing together – results of the 2023 BIS survey on central bank digital currencies and crypto.” The survey gathered insights from 86 central banks regarding their involvement in CBDC projects and cryptocurrency initiatives.


According to the report:


Ninety-four percent of surveyed central banks are exploring a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The survey suggests that central banks are proceeding at their own speed, taking diverse approaches and considering different design features.


The report highlights that there has been a significant increase in experiments and pilot projects involving wholesale CBDCs, particularly in advanced economies, with some emerging markets and developing economies also intensifying their efforts in this area.


“Overall, the likelihood that central banks will issue a wholesale CBDC within the next six years now exceeds the likelihood that they will issue a retail CBDC,” the report

 notes.

Central banks have also enhanced their engagement with stakeholders to inform CBDC design, with many still undecided on specific features, the BIS report details. Interoperability and programmability are frequently considered for wholesale CBDCs, while retail CBDCs are being evaluated for holding limits, interoperability, offline capabilities, and zero remuneration.


Regarding cryptocurrencies, the report states:


On crypto, the survey indicates that, to date, stablecoins are rarely used for payments outside the crypto ecosystem. Moreover, about two out of three responding jurisdictions have or are working on a framework to regulate stablecoins and other cryptoassets.


The latest Bank for International Settlements (BIS) survey reveals that 94% of central banks are exploring central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).  Bitcoin.com reportd 


There has been a notable increase in wholesale CBDC experiments, especially in advanced economies. Central banks are examining various factors for retail CBDCs, including holding limits and offline functionality.


BIS eleased a report on June 14, titled “Embracing diversity, advancing together – results of the 2023 BIS survey on central bank digital currencies and crypto.” The survey gathered insights from 86 central banks regarding their involvement in CBDC projects and cryptocurrency initiatives.


According to the report:


Ninety-four percent of surveyed central banks are exploring a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The survey suggests that central banks are proceeding at their own speed, taking diverse approaches and considering different design features.


The report highlights that there has been a significant increase in experiments and pilot projects involving wholesale CBDCs, particularly in advanced economies, with some emerging markets and developing economies also intensifying their efforts in this area.


“Overall, the likelihood that central banks will issue a wholesale CBDC within the next six years now exceeds the likelihood that they will issue a retail CBDC,” the report

 notes.

Central banks have also enhanced their engagement with stakeholders to inform CBDC design, with many still undecided on specific features, the BIS report details. Interoperability and programmability are frequently considered for wholesale CBDCs, while retail CBDCs are being evaluated for holding limits, interoperability, offline capabilities, and zero remuneration.


Regarding cryptocurrencies, the report states:


On crypto, the survey indicates that, to date, stablecoins are rarely used for payments outside the crypto ecosystem. Moreover, about two out of three responding jurisdictions have or are working on a framework to regulate stablecoins and other cryptoassets.

CEO of Founani Group, Mohamed Fouani, Others Kidnapped in Lagos

CEO of Founani Group, Mohamed Fouani, Others Kidnapped in Lagos

 

Fouani

Mr. Mohamed Fouani, a Lebanese billionaire businessman, founder, and CEO of Founani Group, has been kidnapped in Lagos.


Fouani runs the Fouani Group, which is the sole franchise owner of LG and Hisense products in Nigeria. He personally introduced LG and Maxi electronics products into the Nigerian market 24 years ago. Hisense later followed. 


He also owns Yara Diapers, with its factory in Lagos. 


While he was travelling by boat in Lagos, armed men kidnapped him and his companions. 


While travelling from Apapa to Victoria Island, Mr. Fouani and three other Lebanese with him were abducted around Falomo Bridge in open daylight. 


His abductors have established contact with the Fouani family, and they are demanding a ransom of $1.5 million to be paid in dollars for the release of the businessman.



Source: Social Media 

 

Fouani

Mr. Mohamed Fouani, a Lebanese billionaire businessman, founder, and CEO of Founani Group, has been kidnapped in Lagos.


Fouani runs the Fouani Group, which is the sole franchise owner of LG and Hisense products in Nigeria. He personally introduced LG and Maxi electronics products into the Nigerian market 24 years ago. Hisense later followed. 


He also owns Yara Diapers, with its factory in Lagos. 


While he was travelling by boat in Lagos, armed men kidnapped him and his companions. 


While travelling from Apapa to Victoria Island, Mr. Fouani and three other Lebanese with him were abducted around Falomo Bridge in open daylight. 


His abductors have established contact with the Fouani family, and they are demanding a ransom of $1.5 million to be paid in dollars for the release of the businessman.



Source: Social Media 

FINIDI GEORGE BOWS TO CRITICISMS, RESIGNS AS SUPER EAGLES CHIEF COACH

FINIDI GEORGE BOWS TO CRITICISMS, RESIGNS AS SUPER EAGLES CHIEF COACH

Finidi

An unconfirmed Reports has it that the newly appointed super Eagles Coach FINIDI George has resigned his appointment as the chief coach after been relegated to deputy coach due to Eagles' loss to Benin Republic and a draw at home against South Africa in world cup qualifiers.


Finidi reportedly not pleased with working as an assistant under a foreign Technical Adviser as proposed by the NFF.

Consequently, he has resigned as head coach of the Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation came out with a press release after a meeting with the country's Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh and coach of the Super Eagles Finidi George on Thursday, June 13.


The Minister of Sports Development had demanded that the NFF urgently put in place the necessary framework to ensure Nigeria qualifies for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, in addition to addressing issues that have hindered high performances and growth of Nigerian football.

The meeting held on Thursday at the Minister’s office in Abuja, touched on various areas including the current coach of the national team, the competence of both the NFF Technical Committee and Technical Department, discipline of players in the national team camp.

Nigeria's national team, the Super Eagles are walking the tightrope after four matchdays in Group C of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers as they trail group leaders Rwanda, South Africa and Republic of Benin by four points.


Finidi

An unconfirmed Reports has it that the newly appointed super Eagles Coach FINIDI George has resigned his appointment as the chief coach after been relegated to deputy coach due to Eagles' loss to Benin Republic and a draw at home against South Africa in world cup qualifiers.


Finidi reportedly not pleased with working as an assistant under a foreign Technical Adviser as proposed by the NFF.

Consequently, he has resigned as head coach of the Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation came out with a press release after a meeting with the country's Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh and coach of the Super Eagles Finidi George on Thursday, June 13.


The Minister of Sports Development had demanded that the NFF urgently put in place the necessary framework to ensure Nigeria qualifies for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, in addition to addressing issues that have hindered high performances and growth of Nigerian football.

The meeting held on Thursday at the Minister’s office in Abuja, touched on various areas including the current coach of the national team, the competence of both the NFF Technical Committee and Technical Department, discipline of players in the national team camp.

Nigeria's national team, the Super Eagles are walking the tightrope after four matchdays in Group C of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers as they trail group leaders Rwanda, South Africa and Republic of Benin by four points.


Paris 2024: Super Falcons Star Oshoala Says Nothing to fear About "Group of Death"

Paris 2024: Super Falcons Star Oshoala Says Nothing to fear About "Group of Death"


Asisat Oshoala has said there is nothing to fear about the group of death as per Paris 2024.

She is upbeat the Super Falcons will make it past the group stage at the 2024 Olympic Games.

Nigeria's Super Falcons are drawn in Group C with world champions Spain, Brazil and Japan.

The former FC Barcelona Female striker claimed the Super Falcons are not afraid of the top teams in their group.

“At the World Cup last year, people said the same thing,” she told FIFA.com.


Asisat Oshoala has said there is nothing to fear about the group of death as per Paris 2024.

She is upbeat the Super Falcons will make it past the group stage at the 2024 Olympic Games.

Nigeria's Super Falcons are drawn in Group C with world champions Spain, Brazil and Japan.

The former FC Barcelona Female striker claimed the Super Falcons are not afraid of the top teams in their group.

“At the World Cup last year, people said the same thing,” she told FIFA.com.

Nigerian govt declares Monday, Tuesday public holidays for Sallah celebration

Nigerian govt declares Monday, Tuesday public holidays for Sallah celebration


The Federal Government has declared Monday 17th, and Tuesday 18th June 2024 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Adha celebration.


The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo made the declaration in a statement on Friday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government.


The Federal Government has declared Monday 17th, and Tuesday 18th June 2024 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Adha celebration.


The Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo made the declaration in a statement on Friday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government.

Father’s Day and the essence of fatherhood

Father’s Day and the essence of fatherhood

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE


Image by Vecteezy

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 16, is ‘Father’s Day 2024!’ Father’s Day, which began as a largely religious observance and recognized in some way dating back to the Middle Ages, is now celebrated in more than 111 countries, with the first of its kind on June 19, 1910.


A traditional Roman Catholic holiday to celebrate fatherhood, Father’s Day is “celebrated on the third Sunday in June each year.” Fairly clearly, the day is meant to recall and recognize the endless efforts, initiatives and contributions of all the fathers around us. It is a mark of the kinship, affection, guidance and patience between fathers on the one hand and their families on the other.


Fathers are the heads of, and the role models for the(ir) families. Even in psychological explanations, it is the father figures who set the moral tones of households. Whenever irritants attempt to test the loyalty of the household, it is the father who risks everything with truly solidified violations to display manly attributes.


Etymologically, ‘husband’ also arose from the word ‘cultivate’, ‘tend’, or ‘nurture’. Therefore, the concept of husband refers to the ‘male head of a household’, the ‘manager’ and the ‘steward’. He is the ‘master of a house’, ‘occupier and tiller of the soil’. Thus, a husband is one who nurtures the wife with pious love, cultivates the wife and family, and tills the soil of the family.


Fathers are no little men. Of course, they are too big to be small. They have muscles in their places with which they not only perform feats of impressiveness but also create new, bigger and stronger foundations for their children. So, it’s only a marginalized group of men that can actually be referred to as irresponsible as most men are struggling. But we know that they can do better!


For quite some time, there has been a lot of negative portrayal of fathers and husbands. But what does an ideal father or husband look like? To begin with, the concept of father actually arises from the Almighty God as Creator. So, every human father is only a derivative, a copy and a limited expression of the ‘Olรณdรนmarรจ’ (the Creator, Cause and Origin of all Things), ‘Baba wa tรญ mbe lรญ รฒrun’ (Our Father, who art in heaven), the One who’s so compassionate that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us.


In an article, ‘Appreciating a responsible father’, I described a father as “an important source of a child’s genetic makeup” and “his or her first teacher” and that “a father loves his child and provides for him or her as a precious jewel.” Since “children are a heritage from the Lord”, I wrote that “a good father prays for his children and engages them in deep, heart-to-heart conversations that impart more than facts, but teach wisdom.” Fathers are “expected to study and teach God’s Word to their children.” What’s more? “God blesses the children through their fathers.”


According to Wade Boggs, “anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad”. It is interesting to note that many people do have fond memories of their fathers – how their fathers loved, taught, even corrected identified misdemeanors so that they might live well. In remembering my father, Sunday Alaba Komolafe, who died on August 11, 2020 and was buried on September 11, 2020, comparisons are obvious. On a day like this, I remember my father as the one who “gave us (his children) partnership and protection” and as “a peacemaker whose life depicted concrete evidence of an organized future.” Close to 4 years after, I still find it difficult to accept that I have lost ‘Baba Kayode', as my dad was fondly called, to the wild, wicked hands of death at 92! Well, it is well!


Of course, there have been many lame-brains who pretend to be fathers. But then, that does not mean that they are in the majority! Surely certainly, the drunken and the incestuous fathers, wife beaters and deadbeat fathers are in a small minority. Fish or cut bait, we are in a culture where fathers are supposed to be providers, and many people who go into marriage take that aspect of matrimony seriously. So, they will not just abandon those God-given responsibilities only to pursue a career in drinking.


Talking about the African patriarchal culture where some men act as if they own their wives, it must also be noted that the overwhelming majority of men are alive and accountable to their responsibilities. So, Father’s Day is a day to celebrate the ideal father! It is a day to also say that those who are irresponsible most probably came from dysfunctional families where they never had good role models and that they’re only transferring their wounds to the people they got married to or the children they gave birth to!


For their efforts, men need to be encouraged, especially at a time like this when the majority of our men are on the verge of social and mental collapse. In a country where hunger and deprivation are already busting the people’s asses, where the prevailing inflation rate is stifling and asphyxiating, and where many Nigerians are dead before their death, this is not the time to be excoriating or burlesquing fathers.


Yes, times are tough and things are hard! However, men should also avoid taking out their frustrations on their families because we are all in it together! Besides, it is in the nature of man to be persevering, courageous, “stay positive and look for solutions”, just as Caleb and Joshua did when they were asked to spy out the Land of Canaan. For men therefore, this is the time to make sacrifices which, in every possible way, are instinctual for the adult male. In a word, Father’s Day is meant to call for investment, training and retraining, forming and reforming of boys for the critical work of being fathers in the future.


In the past 20 to 30 years, there have been many programmes for the girl child. Actually, 90% of the Funding/Donor Agencies would always tell the world that their programmes were for the woman and/or the girl but there has been very little, if any, for the boy child and young men. We have Ministries of Women Affairs that focus on the woman and the girl child but none to cater for the needs of the boy child and/or young men. In the past, traditional societies also had progammes for initiating boys into adulthood. Lamentably, we’ve lost that and there’s nothing in place to replace it! A few workshops and youth programmes for the boys here and there but that’s not enough!


All said, it’s time well-meaning individuals, private organizations, corporate agencies and religious organizations started programmes aimed at transforming boys into men and young men into husbands, with all the accompanying values and virtues, if we do not want to have beasts and abusive husbands in the future. In a world that derives its oxygen from narcotics and human sacrifices and where brothers are afraid of becoming fathers for obvious reasons, the boy child needs something that will actually lead young men to grow into manhood.


Tragically, Nigeria is stagnated because there haven’t been father figures of the types that she had some 50 to 60 years ago. Is it any wonder why moral re-armament has become a scarce commodity in our clime?


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, give us peace in our time!


 _•[email protected];_ 

 _•08098614418 - SMS only._ 

By

abiodun KOMOLAFE


Image by Vecteezy

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 16, is ‘Father’s Day 2024!’ Father’s Day, which began as a largely religious observance and recognized in some way dating back to the Middle Ages, is now celebrated in more than 111 countries, with the first of its kind on June 19, 1910.


A traditional Roman Catholic holiday to celebrate fatherhood, Father’s Day is “celebrated on the third Sunday in June each year.” Fairly clearly, the day is meant to recall and recognize the endless efforts, initiatives and contributions of all the fathers around us. It is a mark of the kinship, affection, guidance and patience between fathers on the one hand and their families on the other.


Fathers are the heads of, and the role models for the(ir) families. Even in psychological explanations, it is the father figures who set the moral tones of households. Whenever irritants attempt to test the loyalty of the household, it is the father who risks everything with truly solidified violations to display manly attributes.


Etymologically, ‘husband’ also arose from the word ‘cultivate’, ‘tend’, or ‘nurture’. Therefore, the concept of husband refers to the ‘male head of a household’, the ‘manager’ and the ‘steward’. He is the ‘master of a house’, ‘occupier and tiller of the soil’. Thus, a husband is one who nurtures the wife with pious love, cultivates the wife and family, and tills the soil of the family.


Fathers are no little men. Of course, they are too big to be small. They have muscles in their places with which they not only perform feats of impressiveness but also create new, bigger and stronger foundations for their children. So, it’s only a marginalized group of men that can actually be referred to as irresponsible as most men are struggling. But we know that they can do better!


For quite some time, there has been a lot of negative portrayal of fathers and husbands. But what does an ideal father or husband look like? To begin with, the concept of father actually arises from the Almighty God as Creator. So, every human father is only a derivative, a copy and a limited expression of the ‘Olรณdรนmarรจ’ (the Creator, Cause and Origin of all Things), ‘Baba wa tรญ mbe lรญ รฒrun’ (Our Father, who art in heaven), the One who’s so compassionate that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us.


In an article, ‘Appreciating a responsible father’, I described a father as “an important source of a child’s genetic makeup” and “his or her first teacher” and that “a father loves his child and provides for him or her as a precious jewel.” Since “children are a heritage from the Lord”, I wrote that “a good father prays for his children and engages them in deep, heart-to-heart conversations that impart more than facts, but teach wisdom.” Fathers are “expected to study and teach God’s Word to their children.” What’s more? “God blesses the children through their fathers.”


According to Wade Boggs, “anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad”. It is interesting to note that many people do have fond memories of their fathers – how their fathers loved, taught, even corrected identified misdemeanors so that they might live well. In remembering my father, Sunday Alaba Komolafe, who died on August 11, 2020 and was buried on September 11, 2020, comparisons are obvious. On a day like this, I remember my father as the one who “gave us (his children) partnership and protection” and as “a peacemaker whose life depicted concrete evidence of an organized future.” Close to 4 years after, I still find it difficult to accept that I have lost ‘Baba Kayode', as my dad was fondly called, to the wild, wicked hands of death at 92! Well, it is well!


Of course, there have been many lame-brains who pretend to be fathers. But then, that does not mean that they are in the majority! Surely certainly, the drunken and the incestuous fathers, wife beaters and deadbeat fathers are in a small minority. Fish or cut bait, we are in a culture where fathers are supposed to be providers, and many people who go into marriage take that aspect of matrimony seriously. So, they will not just abandon those God-given responsibilities only to pursue a career in drinking.


Talking about the African patriarchal culture where some men act as if they own their wives, it must also be noted that the overwhelming majority of men are alive and accountable to their responsibilities. So, Father’s Day is a day to celebrate the ideal father! It is a day to also say that those who are irresponsible most probably came from dysfunctional families where they never had good role models and that they’re only transferring their wounds to the people they got married to or the children they gave birth to!


For their efforts, men need to be encouraged, especially at a time like this when the majority of our men are on the verge of social and mental collapse. In a country where hunger and deprivation are already busting the people’s asses, where the prevailing inflation rate is stifling and asphyxiating, and where many Nigerians are dead before their death, this is not the time to be excoriating or burlesquing fathers.


Yes, times are tough and things are hard! However, men should also avoid taking out their frustrations on their families because we are all in it together! Besides, it is in the nature of man to be persevering, courageous, “stay positive and look for solutions”, just as Caleb and Joshua did when they were asked to spy out the Land of Canaan. For men therefore, this is the time to make sacrifices which, in every possible way, are instinctual for the adult male. In a word, Father’s Day is meant to call for investment, training and retraining, forming and reforming of boys for the critical work of being fathers in the future.


In the past 20 to 30 years, there have been many programmes for the girl child. Actually, 90% of the Funding/Donor Agencies would always tell the world that their programmes were for the woman and/or the girl but there has been very little, if any, for the boy child and young men. We have Ministries of Women Affairs that focus on the woman and the girl child but none to cater for the needs of the boy child and/or young men. In the past, traditional societies also had progammes for initiating boys into adulthood. Lamentably, we’ve lost that and there’s nothing in place to replace it! A few workshops and youth programmes for the boys here and there but that’s not enough!


All said, it’s time well-meaning individuals, private organizations, corporate agencies and religious organizations started programmes aimed at transforming boys into men and young men into husbands, with all the accompanying values and virtues, if we do not want to have beasts and abusive husbands in the future. In a world that derives its oxygen from narcotics and human sacrifices and where brothers are afraid of becoming fathers for obvious reasons, the boy child needs something that will actually lead young men to grow into manhood.


Tragically, Nigeria is stagnated because there haven’t been father figures of the types that she had some 50 to 60 years ago. Is it any wonder why moral re-armament has become a scarce commodity in our clime?


May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, give us peace in our time!


 _•[email protected];_ 

 _•08098614418 - SMS only._ 

REPORT: Recent recruitment marred by corruption, list flooded with non-applicants — Police

REPORT: Recent recruitment marred by corruption, list flooded with non-applicants — Police


The  Nigeria Police Force has raised that alarm about the irregularities and alleged corruption in the recently released names of successful candidates in the ongoing 2022/23 Police Constables Recruitment Exercise.


According to report, upon careful scrutiny of the list released on the Police Service Commission (PSC) portal, it was discovered that Nigerians who never applied, candidates who failed the Computer Based Test, and those screened out due to medical reasons made it to the final list.


Source: Nairaland 


The  Nigeria Police Force has raised that alarm about the irregularities and alleged corruption in the recently released names of successful candidates in the ongoing 2022/23 Police Constables Recruitment Exercise.


According to report, upon careful scrutiny of the list released on the Police Service Commission (PSC) portal, it was discovered that Nigerians who never applied, candidates who failed the Computer Based Test, and those screened out due to medical reasons made it to the final list.


Source: Nairaland 

PRESS RELEASE: PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE ONDO STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

PRESS RELEASE: PUBLICATION OF THE FINAL LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE ONDO STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION

The Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the final list of candidates for the Ondo State Governorship Election. Following the initial primaries, the Commission published the personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates in the State and Local Government offices.


In line with the provision of Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, two (2) political parties conducted fresh primaries to replace their earlier nominated candidates and their running mates by the deadline of 10th June 2024. The parties are the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) while five (5) parties replaced their running mates only. They are the African Action Congress (AAC), the Action Democratic Party (ADP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).


Overall, seventeen (17) political parties are fielding candidates for the election. No political party has nominated a female candidate while one (1) candidate nominated by the African Democratic Congress (ADC) is a person with disability (a paraplegic). The final list also gives the breakdown of the candidates by age and academic qualifications.


The list has been published at our office in Akure and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information. 


COMMENCEMENT OF CAMPAIGN BY POLITICAL PARTIES IN PUBLIC 


With the publication of the final list of candidates, the next activity is electionering campaign. 


As provided by Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, campaign by Political Parties in public shall commence not earlier than 150 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day. 


Therefore, Political Parties are now permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 19th June 2024 and end at midnight on Thursday 14th November 2024 as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.


As parties commence this critical phase of the election, the Commission once again reminds candidates, agents and their supporters of the provision of the law and the Commission's guidelines governing such activity. For emphasis, parties shall conduct their campaigns with civility and decorum devoid of inciting language, violence, voter inducement and other infractions in accordance with the provisions of Section 92-97 of the Electoral Act 2022. 


The Ondo State Governorship Election is scheduled to hold on Saturday 16th November 2024.


Sam Olumekun mni 

National Commissioner & Chairman, 

Information and Voter Education Committee

Thursday 13th June 2024

The Commission is pleased to announce the publication of the final list of candidates for the Ondo State Governorship Election. Following the initial primaries, the Commission published the personal particulars of the Governorship candidates and their running mates in the State and Local Government offices.


In line with the provision of Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2022, two (2) political parties conducted fresh primaries to replace their earlier nominated candidates and their running mates by the deadline of 10th June 2024. The parties are the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) while five (5) parties replaced their running mates only. They are the African Action Congress (AAC), the Action Democratic Party (ADP), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).


Overall, seventeen (17) political parties are fielding candidates for the election. No political party has nominated a female candidate while one (1) candidate nominated by the African Democratic Congress (ADC) is a person with disability (a paraplegic). The final list also gives the breakdown of the candidates by age and academic qualifications.


The list has been published at our office in Akure and also uploaded to our website and social media platforms for public information. 


COMMENCEMENT OF CAMPAIGN BY POLITICAL PARTIES IN PUBLIC 


With the publication of the final list of candidates, the next activity is electionering campaign. 


As provided by Section 94(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, campaign by Political Parties in public shall commence not earlier than 150 days before polling day and end 24 hours prior to that day. 


Therefore, Political Parties are now permitted to start campaign in public from Wednesday 19th June 2024 and end at midnight on Thursday 14th November 2024 as indicated in items 8 and 12 of the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election.


As parties commence this critical phase of the election, the Commission once again reminds candidates, agents and their supporters of the provision of the law and the Commission's guidelines governing such activity. For emphasis, parties shall conduct their campaigns with civility and decorum devoid of inciting language, violence, voter inducement and other infractions in accordance with the provisions of Section 92-97 of the Electoral Act 2022. 


The Ondo State Governorship Election is scheduled to hold on Saturday 16th November 2024.


Sam Olumekun mni 

National Commissioner & Chairman, 

Information and Voter Education Committee

Thursday 13th June 2024

IPOB Leader Simon Ekpa must be prosecuted, Finnish government giving him support says Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff

IPOB Leader Simon Ekpa must be prosecuted, Finnish government giving him support says Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff

Ekoa

Nigeria's chief of defence staff (CDS),  Christopher Musa has said Simon Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), must be arrested and prosecuted.


Musa, on Wednesday during a Channels Television special broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 2024 Democracy Day said Ekpa is based in Finland and has continued to issue the sit-at-home order in IPOB’s and Kanu’s names.

The Nigerian Army General accused the government of Finland of shielding Simon Ekpa, a self-proclaimed prime minister of the IPOB.


It should be noted that Nnamdi Kanu has not been convicted of any crime yet despite his incarceration since his abduction by Buhari led APC government.

Ekoa

Nigeria's chief of defence staff (CDS),  Christopher Musa has said Simon Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), must be arrested and prosecuted.


Musa, on Wednesday during a Channels Television special broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 2024 Democracy Day said Ekpa is based in Finland and has continued to issue the sit-at-home order in IPOB’s and Kanu’s names.

The Nigerian Army General accused the government of Finland of shielding Simon Ekpa, a self-proclaimed prime minister of the IPOB.


It should be noted that Nnamdi Kanu has not been convicted of any crime yet despite his incarceration since his abduction by Buhari led APC government.

How Agunloye Received N5.2m in Alleged $6b Mambila Power Project Contract Fraud — Witness

How Agunloye Received N5.2m in Alleged $6b Mambila Power Project Contract Fraud — Witness


A prosecuting witness in the trial of former Minister of Power and Steel, Olu Agunloye on Monday, June 10, 2024 narrated before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie of the Federal Capital City,  FCT High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, how multiple transfers were made in favour of Agunloye by Jide Sotirin, a staff of Sunrise Power and Transmission Ltd.


Agunloye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on seven-count charges  bordering on official corruption and fraudulent award of Mambila Power Project contract to the tune of $6billion (Six Billion US Dollars).


The witness, Adebayo Ilori, a compliance officer with Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB,  

while being led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Abba Mohammed, 

disclosed that “Sometimes  in October 2022, the bank received a letter from EFCC requesting for some information on the account opening package, statement of account and certificate of identification on two customers, Olu Agunloye and Jide Sotirin. Upon receiving the letter, Wale Agunbiade, head of the Unit went ahead to generate the statement of account from the computer system of the bank”.


“Upon receiving the account opening package and statement of account, we compared the information generated because the statement of account was generated from the bank’s application by imputing the customer’s details on the computer system and all the parameters requested, which was then printed out. Then the bank compared what was printed and what was on the system to ascertain the accuracy of documents. 


“The bank further prepared a covering letter and certificate of identification with the requested documents, which was signed by Wale Agunbiade, and then dispatched to the EFCC.”


When shown the acknowledgment copy of the said documents from the EFCC and GTB’s response by prosecution counsel, the witness confirmed that they were genuine, following which they were admitted by the court as exhibits.


Further in his testimony, the witness stated that Sotirin was the signatory to the account from which he transferred a total sum of N5, 221,000 (Five Million, Two Hundred and Twenty-one Thousand) to Agunloye, allegedly in relation to the Mambila 

Power Project contract award.


The witness established that Sotirin on August 10, 2019, transferred the sum of N3,600,000 from his account to Agunloye. On October 22, 2019, he transferred 

N500,000 to Agunloye and equally did so on November 13, 2019  to the tune of N1,121,000.


“On exhibit EFCC (1b), the name of the account holder is Agunloye Olu and it is a  naira account. On 10 August 2019, there was a transfer credit of N3,600,000 from Sotirin Jide Abiodun in favour of Agunloye Olu. Also on 22 October 2019, there was a credit transfer of N500,000 from Sotirin Jide Abiodun to Olu Agunloye and on 13 Nov 2019, there was a credit transfer of N1,121,000 from Jide Sotirin Abiodun to Agunloye Olu,” the witness stated. 


The matter was adjourned till June 11, 2024 for cross-examination. 



Source: EFCC 


A prosecuting witness in the trial of former Minister of Power and Steel, Olu Agunloye on Monday, June 10, 2024 narrated before Justice Jude Onwuegbuzie of the Federal Capital City,  FCT High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, how multiple transfers were made in favour of Agunloye by Jide Sotirin, a staff of Sunrise Power and Transmission Ltd.


Agunloye is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on seven-count charges  bordering on official corruption and fraudulent award of Mambila Power Project contract to the tune of $6billion (Six Billion US Dollars).


The witness, Adebayo Ilori, a compliance officer with Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB,  

while being led in evidence by prosecution counsel, Abba Mohammed, 

disclosed that “Sometimes  in October 2022, the bank received a letter from EFCC requesting for some information on the account opening package, statement of account and certificate of identification on two customers, Olu Agunloye and Jide Sotirin. Upon receiving the letter, Wale Agunbiade, head of the Unit went ahead to generate the statement of account from the computer system of the bank”.


“Upon receiving the account opening package and statement of account, we compared the information generated because the statement of account was generated from the bank’s application by imputing the customer’s details on the computer system and all the parameters requested, which was then printed out. Then the bank compared what was printed and what was on the system to ascertain the accuracy of documents. 


“The bank further prepared a covering letter and certificate of identification with the requested documents, which was signed by Wale Agunbiade, and then dispatched to the EFCC.”


When shown the acknowledgment copy of the said documents from the EFCC and GTB’s response by prosecution counsel, the witness confirmed that they were genuine, following which they were admitted by the court as exhibits.


Further in his testimony, the witness stated that Sotirin was the signatory to the account from which he transferred a total sum of N5, 221,000 (Five Million, Two Hundred and Twenty-one Thousand) to Agunloye, allegedly in relation to the Mambila 

Power Project contract award.


The witness established that Sotirin on August 10, 2019, transferred the sum of N3,600,000 from his account to Agunloye. On October 22, 2019, he transferred 

N500,000 to Agunloye and equally did so on November 13, 2019  to the tune of N1,121,000.


“On exhibit EFCC (1b), the name of the account holder is Agunloye Olu and it is a  naira account. On 10 August 2019, there was a transfer credit of N3,600,000 from Sotirin Jide Abiodun in favour of Agunloye Olu. Also on 22 October 2019, there was a credit transfer of N500,000 from Sotirin Jide Abiodun to Olu Agunloye and on 13 Nov 2019, there was a credit transfer of N1,121,000 from Jide Sotirin Abiodun to Agunloye Olu,” the witness stated. 


The matter was adjourned till June 11, 2024 for cross-examination. 



Source: EFCC 

Minimum wage cries Envelope the air in Abuja as Nigeria marks June 12 Democracy Day (VIDEO)

Minimum wage cries Envelope the air in Abuja as Nigeria marks June 12 Democracy Day (VIDEO)

THE SAD REALITIES OF JUNE 12, 2024 ANNIVERSARY IN A NIGERIA OF ANYTHING GOES!



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THE SAD REALITIES OF JUNE 12, 2024 ANNIVERSARY IN A NIGERIA OF ANYTHING GOES!



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June 12 Democracy Day: Nigeria Has Deteriorated Into Classical State Capture — Peter Obi

June 12 Democracy Day: Nigeria Has Deteriorated Into Classical State Capture — Peter Obi

Peter Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general election Peter Obi has voiced concerns about Nigeria’s democratic progress, claiming that the country has deteriorated into a state of “classical state capture.”


Obi stated this in a statement to mark Nigeria’s June 12 Democracy Day celebrations where many Nigerians are protesting of hunger, inflation and maladmiration of the Tinubu led APC government. Reflecting on the nation’s 25-year journey towards democracy, Peter Obi questioned whether Nigeria has truly upheld democratic principles.


He stated that while the transition in 1999 seemed promising, the country has since shifted into a system where governance benefits a select few, leading to widespread deprivation. True democracy should prioritize the welfare of its citizens, uphold their rights, ensure that laws are respected, and hold leaders accountable."


Obi said: ”The consequences of not being a true democracy have led to leadership failures that have resulted in uncontrolled systemic corruption, high levels of insecurity, lack of freedom of speech, increasing poverty rates, and unprecedented levels of hunger and hardship, which remain unsolved and are growing geometrically.


”True democracy should be people-oriented, where the rights of citizens are respected, the laws are obeyed, the leaders remain accountable to the people, and people’s welfare and care, especially for the poor, become paramount and high priorities.


”Unfortunately, the opposite is the case in our situation. To further illustrate that we are not truly democratic and have only produced the vices enumerated above, we are now ranked as follows: In the measurement of democracy, we have a democracy index score of 4.23, which ranks us low on the Global Democracy Index.


”In the Corruption Perception Index, we are ranked 145th among the 180 countries measured, showing a high level of corruption in Nigeria. In the Rule of Law Measurement, we are ranked 120th out of 142 countries measured in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index, indicating that Nigeria suffers from gross disobedience to the rule of law.


”The 2024 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) describes Nigeria as one of West Africa’s most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists.


”Nigeria ranks 112th out of 180 countries where journalists are regularly monitored, attacked, and arbitrarily arrested. We are ranked 109th out of 125 countries measured on the Global Hunger Index.


”Let us, therefore, use the commemoration of June 12 as an occasion to return to a truly democratic nation. We achieved that feat on June 12, 1993, by collectively voting for democracy in Nigeria. We must stand in defence of Nigeria’s democracy today.”

Peter Obi

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general election Peter Obi has voiced concerns about Nigeria’s democratic progress, claiming that the country has deteriorated into a state of “classical state capture.”


Obi stated this in a statement to mark Nigeria’s June 12 Democracy Day celebrations where many Nigerians are protesting of hunger, inflation and maladmiration of the Tinubu led APC government. Reflecting on the nation’s 25-year journey towards democracy, Peter Obi questioned whether Nigeria has truly upheld democratic principles.


He stated that while the transition in 1999 seemed promising, the country has since shifted into a system where governance benefits a select few, leading to widespread deprivation. True democracy should prioritize the welfare of its citizens, uphold their rights, ensure that laws are respected, and hold leaders accountable."


Obi said: ”The consequences of not being a true democracy have led to leadership failures that have resulted in uncontrolled systemic corruption, high levels of insecurity, lack of freedom of speech, increasing poverty rates, and unprecedented levels of hunger and hardship, which remain unsolved and are growing geometrically.


”True democracy should be people-oriented, where the rights of citizens are respected, the laws are obeyed, the leaders remain accountable to the people, and people’s welfare and care, especially for the poor, become paramount and high priorities.


”Unfortunately, the opposite is the case in our situation. To further illustrate that we are not truly democratic and have only produced the vices enumerated above, we are now ranked as follows: In the measurement of democracy, we have a democracy index score of 4.23, which ranks us low on the Global Democracy Index.


”In the Corruption Perception Index, we are ranked 145th among the 180 countries measured, showing a high level of corruption in Nigeria. In the Rule of Law Measurement, we are ranked 120th out of 142 countries measured in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index, indicating that Nigeria suffers from gross disobedience to the rule of law.


”The 2024 World Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) describes Nigeria as one of West Africa’s most dangerous and difficult countries for journalists.


”Nigeria ranks 112th out of 180 countries where journalists are regularly monitored, attacked, and arbitrarily arrested. We are ranked 109th out of 125 countries measured on the Global Hunger Index.


”Let us, therefore, use the commemoration of June 12 as an occasion to return to a truly democratic nation. We achieved that feat on June 12, 1993, by collectively voting for democracy in Nigeria. We must stand in defence of Nigeria’s democracy today.”

Rain of Curses, Negative Comments trail @INECNIGERIA on X Over Democracy Day Message

Rain of Curses, Negative Comments trail @INECNIGERIA on X Over Democracy Day Message

 

Although the supreme court of Nigeria had ruled in favour of the President Bola Hamed Tinubu as duly election in the matters of the 2023 general election. The Truth remained with the populace that the All Progressive Congress APC had lost the good will of the people and never won the last general election in Nigeria but that INEC was complicit in the election frauds that ensure APC and Tinubu been declared and returned as duly elected in the 2023 general election.


As occasioned by hunger , hardship and inflation in the land and obvious maladmiration of the APC LED federal government, some Nigerians were raining curses on the INEC official handle in response to the democracy day message, while others were training the umpire with negative comments.

 



Free, fair and credible elections are not visible in Nigeria under Prof Manhood Yakubu led INEC 

 

Although the supreme court of Nigeria had ruled in favour of the President Bola Hamed Tinubu as duly election in the matters of the 2023 general election. The Truth remained with the populace that the All Progressive Congress APC had lost the good will of the people and never won the last general election in Nigeria but that INEC was complicit in the election frauds that ensure APC and Tinubu been declared and returned as duly elected in the 2023 general election.


As occasioned by hunger , hardship and inflation in the land and obvious maladmiration of the APC LED federal government, some Nigerians were raining curses on the INEC official handle in response to the democracy day message, while others were training the umpire with negative comments.

 



Free, fair and credible elections are not visible in Nigeria under Prof Manhood Yakubu led INEC 

How EFCC Secures Final Forfeiture of N204.8m, 15 Properties for Fraud Victims

How EFCC Secures Final Forfeiture of N204.8m, 15 Properties for Fraud Victims


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday June 10, 2024 secured the final forfeiture of  the sum of N204, 849, 859:00 (Two Hundred and Four Million, Eight Hundred and Forty-nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fifty-nine Naira), 15 properties and eight high-end vehicles before Justice Inyang.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja for  fraud victims.

 

The properties, money and vehicles were recovered from Jedidiah Ibrahim Ezenwa, which he illegitimately acquired through his companies: Jedidiah Cement Industry Ltd., Omega Global Resources, Jedidiah Universal Transport Hephz Ltd, Afrinvest Asset Management Ltd, The Gurguru Company Ltd, Josien Holdings Ltd, Prince Hephzibah Ibrahim Ezenwa and Prime Ebulah Properties Ltd from his victims, Ibrahim Amusan, Afri Invest Ltd, Joisen Holdings Ltd and Jack Welch Petroleum Services Ltd.


The properties include: four bedroom ensuite apartment at Guzape, Asokoro New Extension, Abuja; five bedroom semi-detached duplex and one- room boys quarter in Chevy View Estate; Block LXX, Plot 19-20, Buckingham Court F, Sherifat Animashaun Street, Ajtran, Eti-osa Local Government Area,  LGA, Lagos; one unit of four- bedroom terrace duplex – Block B, House 3 at No. 15, Chief Bamidele Eletu Avenue, Osapa – Lekki, Lagos; three bedroom apartment on Plot 7, Block XXii, Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos; and a five bedroom semi-detached duplex and one- room boys quarter on Block LXX, Plot 21-23, Buckingham Court B, Sherifat Animashaun Street, Chevy View Estate, Ajtran, Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos, State.

Others are: four bedroom terrace duplex, located on Plot No. 48 Block R, Federal Sites and Services Scheme, Federal Housing Estate (Malaysian Estate), Benin – Asaba Expressway Asaba, Oshimili South L.G.A, Delta State; four bedroom terrace duplex located on Plot No. 18A Block S, Core Area, Federal Sites and Services Scheme, Federal Housing Estate (Malaysian Estate), Benin – Asaba Expressway Asaba, Oshimili South L.G.A, Delta State, and Sub-plot No. TRCD29/Plot No. 4851 located on Citiscape Villa, Guzape District, Cadastral Zone A09, FCT.


The eight vehicles include: one white SLK 350 Mercedes Benz; one black Selverado 4x4 Hilux; one Hummer Jeep, H3 black; BMW X6 Wine Red SUV; one black CLS 63 Mercedes Benz; one cobalt ITZ Chevrolet saloon, a BMW Z40 IL black and white, and one Mercedes Benz G-Wagon SUV, Chassis No. WDCYC7AFZAX183776 (BLACK).


The final forfeiture of the properties were granted by the court through EFFC’s  counsel, Ibrahim Buba  who had earlier secured an interim order of forfeiture which was  followed up with a publication in national dailies for anyone to show cause why the properties and items should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government.


With no objection coming from any quarters within the court-stipulated time frame, the Commission applied to the court for their final forfeiture to the victims

Jerry U. Musa, a defence counsel,  showed up for the defendants during the final forfeiture proceedings and objected to

 EFCC’s power to investigate the case, which he described as “a mere breach of contract.”


Justice Ekwo, who disagreed with the defence counsel held that “It is a contract scam and the EFCC had power to investigate and prosecute it by virtue of Section 6 of its Establishment Act.” The judge further held that the EFCC through its counsel Buba convinced the court that the money, properties and vehicles were proceeds of crime.  He thereafter ordered them to be finally forfeited to the victims through the Federal Government.


The journey to the final forfeiture began when the victims petitioned the Commission, alleging conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence, fraudulent conversion of funds and money laundering against the defendants.


Investigations showed that the first defendant, Jedidiah Ibrahim Ezenwa had approached the petitioner, Ibrahim Amusan through Messrs Hamilton Resources International for purchase of United States Dollars, having claimed to be a dealer  in foreign currency. On the strength of his claim, the petitioners transferred a total sum of N1, 904, 090, 000. 00 (One Billion, Nine Hundred and Four Million, Ninety Thousand Naira) to the second defendant, Jedidiah Cement Industry Ltd in exchange for an equivalent amount in dollars.


Furthermore, Afri Invest Ltd, Hakan & Bath Ltd and Jack Welch Petroleum Services Ltd through the petitioner, later

 transferred the sum of N1, 274, 090, 000. 00 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Seventy-four Million, Ninety Thousand Naira) to the second defendant's Unity Bank account number  in exchange for United States Dollars.


However, instead of the first defendant and his companies providing the petitioners with the dollar equivalent of the funds as captured in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties, he converted the funds to his personal use by acquiring properties and vehicles with the money.

 

Source: EFCC 


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Monday June 10, 2024 secured the final forfeiture of  the sum of N204, 849, 859:00 (Two Hundred and Four Million, Eight Hundred and Forty-nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fifty-nine Naira), 15 properties and eight high-end vehicles before Justice Inyang.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja for  fraud victims.

 

The properties, money and vehicles were recovered from Jedidiah Ibrahim Ezenwa, which he illegitimately acquired through his companies: Jedidiah Cement Industry Ltd., Omega Global Resources, Jedidiah Universal Transport Hephz Ltd, Afrinvest Asset Management Ltd, The Gurguru Company Ltd, Josien Holdings Ltd, Prince Hephzibah Ibrahim Ezenwa and Prime Ebulah Properties Ltd from his victims, Ibrahim Amusan, Afri Invest Ltd, Joisen Holdings Ltd and Jack Welch Petroleum Services Ltd.


The properties include: four bedroom ensuite apartment at Guzape, Asokoro New Extension, Abuja; five bedroom semi-detached duplex and one- room boys quarter in Chevy View Estate; Block LXX, Plot 19-20, Buckingham Court F, Sherifat Animashaun Street, Ajtran, Eti-osa Local Government Area,  LGA, Lagos; one unit of four- bedroom terrace duplex – Block B, House 3 at No. 15, Chief Bamidele Eletu Avenue, Osapa – Lekki, Lagos; three bedroom apartment on Plot 7, Block XXii, Oniru Chieftaincy Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos; and a five bedroom semi-detached duplex and one- room boys quarter on Block LXX, Plot 21-23, Buckingham Court B, Sherifat Animashaun Street, Chevy View Estate, Ajtran, Eti-Osa LGA, Lagos, State.

Others are: four bedroom terrace duplex, located on Plot No. 48 Block R, Federal Sites and Services Scheme, Federal Housing Estate (Malaysian Estate), Benin – Asaba Expressway Asaba, Oshimili South L.G.A, Delta State; four bedroom terrace duplex located on Plot No. 18A Block S, Core Area, Federal Sites and Services Scheme, Federal Housing Estate (Malaysian Estate), Benin – Asaba Expressway Asaba, Oshimili South L.G.A, Delta State, and Sub-plot No. TRCD29/Plot No. 4851 located on Citiscape Villa, Guzape District, Cadastral Zone A09, FCT.


The eight vehicles include: one white SLK 350 Mercedes Benz; one black Selverado 4x4 Hilux; one Hummer Jeep, H3 black; BMW X6 Wine Red SUV; one black CLS 63 Mercedes Benz; one cobalt ITZ Chevrolet saloon, a BMW Z40 IL black and white, and one Mercedes Benz G-Wagon SUV, Chassis No. WDCYC7AFZAX183776 (BLACK).


The final forfeiture of the properties were granted by the court through EFFC’s  counsel, Ibrahim Buba  who had earlier secured an interim order of forfeiture which was  followed up with a publication in national dailies for anyone to show cause why the properties and items should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government.


With no objection coming from any quarters within the court-stipulated time frame, the Commission applied to the court for their final forfeiture to the victims

Jerry U. Musa, a defence counsel,  showed up for the defendants during the final forfeiture proceedings and objected to

 EFCC’s power to investigate the case, which he described as “a mere breach of contract.”


Justice Ekwo, who disagreed with the defence counsel held that “It is a contract scam and the EFCC had power to investigate and prosecute it by virtue of Section 6 of its Establishment Act.” The judge further held that the EFCC through its counsel Buba convinced the court that the money, properties and vehicles were proceeds of crime.  He thereafter ordered them to be finally forfeited to the victims through the Federal Government.


The journey to the final forfeiture began when the victims petitioned the Commission, alleging conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence, fraudulent conversion of funds and money laundering against the defendants.


Investigations showed that the first defendant, Jedidiah Ibrahim Ezenwa had approached the petitioner, Ibrahim Amusan through Messrs Hamilton Resources International for purchase of United States Dollars, having claimed to be a dealer  in foreign currency. On the strength of his claim, the petitioners transferred a total sum of N1, 904, 090, 000. 00 (One Billion, Nine Hundred and Four Million, Ninety Thousand Naira) to the second defendant, Jedidiah Cement Industry Ltd in exchange for an equivalent amount in dollars.


Furthermore, Afri Invest Ltd, Hakan & Bath Ltd and Jack Welch Petroleum Services Ltd through the petitioner, later

 transferred the sum of N1, 274, 090, 000. 00 (One Billion, Two Hundred and Seventy-four Million, Ninety Thousand Naira) to the second defendant's Unity Bank account number  in exchange for United States Dollars.


However, instead of the first defendant and his companies providing the petitioners with the dollar equivalent of the funds as captured in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the parties, he converted the funds to his personal use by acquiring properties and vehicles with the money.

 

Source: EFCC 

June 12 Democracy Day: Tinubu must go, we are hungry – Nigerians protest hardship

June 12 Democracy Day: Tinubu must go, we are hungry – Nigerians protest hardship


As Nigerians mark the June 12 Democracy Day celebration, some aggrieved citizens on Wednesday protested against the current state of the country.

The aggrieved Nigerians took to the streets to protest against the hunger and economic hardship.


In Lagos State, some protesters who gathered in Ikeja said it’s time for President Bola Tinubu’s administration to be removed from power.


They anchored their demand on the economic hardship Nigerians are facing, stressing that “Nigerians can’t feed their families comfortably under Tinubu”.

As Nigerians mark the June 12 Democracy Day celebration, some aggrieved citizens on Wednesday protested against the current state of the country.

The aggrieved Nigerians took to the streets to protest against the hunger and economic hardship.


In Lagos State, some protesters who gathered in Ikeja said it’s time for President Bola Tinubu’s administration to be removed from power.


They anchored their demand on the economic hardship Nigerians are facing, stressing that “Nigerians can’t feed their families comfortably under Tinubu”.

๐“๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐›๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐›๐จ๐š๐ซ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ญ ๐„๐š๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐’๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ž

๐“๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐›๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐›๐จ๐š๐ซ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ญ ๐„๐š๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐’๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ž


President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday slipped while boarding the parade vehicle at the venue of the 2024 Democracy Day.


The President had approached the vehicle shortly after he arrived at the Eagles Square, Abuja venue of the programme.

Our correspondent observed that the President lost his footing momentarily as he was about to step onto the vehicle.

Nairaland 


President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday slipped while boarding the parade vehicle at the venue of the 2024 Democracy Day.


The President had approached the vehicle shortly after he arrived at the Eagles Square, Abuja venue of the programme.

Our correspondent observed that the President lost his footing momentarily as he was about to step onto the vehicle.

Nairaland 

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