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PRESS STATEMENT: KUNLE AJAYI, ONDO AAC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE, COMMENDS THE SUPREME COURT ON THE AFFIRMATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTONOMY

PRESS STATEMENT: KUNLE AJAYI, ONDO AAC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE, COMMENDS THE SUPREME COURT ON THE AFFIRMATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTONOMY

KUNLE AJAYI 

The Gubernatorial Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the November 16th Ondo State Elections, Kunle 'Wizeman' Ajayi commends the Supreme Court for it's affirmation of Local Government Autonomy. 


 In it's lead judgement read by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the apex court observed that the refusal of state government on financial autonomy for local governments has gone on for over two decades.


The Supreme Court also said Local governments has since stopped receiving the money meant for them from the state governors who act in their stead. The supreme court therefore ordered that the 774 local government councils in the country should manage their funds themselves.


This is also a great victory for the National Association of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and workers generally in Nigeria as their long fights has now come to success.


The AAC candidate believes that Local Government is the closest to the people and should be the centre point of development. Sadly, governors have been usurping this for primitive accumulation of wealth and power. So, the position of the Supreme Court will engender democracy and help more Nigerians to hold their Leaders accountable. 


This judgement is also a great loss to Lucky Aiyedatiwa and other governors who had gone to court to battle against Local Government Autonomy. We warned them that the truth will prevail. These governors hate democracy and believe that Nigerians must be exploited more in order to satisfy their greed. Now, they have lost woefully!


We call on Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to dissolve Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) immediately. The agency is more or less a section of the ruling party and it's quite anti-democratic!


We remember with nostalgia how our party, the African Action Congress (AAC) was robbed in the last Ondo State Local Government Elections in 2020. And we are happy that we protested this in a long and well detailed petition, but sadly, the late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu never constituted the Elections Tribunal to look into our grievances. Such is the tyrannical methods governors use in hoodwinking democracy from below. 


Finally, the African Action Congress (AAC) urge INEC to immediately meet with all Local Government stakeholders and draw a timetable for a uniform Local Government Elections nationwide. We will continue to push for real democracy even when rogue forces are so reluctant to give up!


Signed,

Abiodun Lijofi,

Spokesperson,

Ajayi/Dada IrapadaOndo Gubernatorial Campaign Committee.

11th July, 2024.

KUNLE AJAYI 

The Gubernatorial Candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the November 16th Ondo State Elections, Kunle 'Wizeman' Ajayi commends the Supreme Court for it's affirmation of Local Government Autonomy. 


 In it's lead judgement read by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the apex court observed that the refusal of state government on financial autonomy for local governments has gone on for over two decades.


The Supreme Court also said Local governments has since stopped receiving the money meant for them from the state governors who act in their stead. The supreme court therefore ordered that the 774 local government councils in the country should manage their funds themselves.


This is also a great victory for the National Association of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and workers generally in Nigeria as their long fights has now come to success.


The AAC candidate believes that Local Government is the closest to the people and should be the centre point of development. Sadly, governors have been usurping this for primitive accumulation of wealth and power. So, the position of the Supreme Court will engender democracy and help more Nigerians to hold their Leaders accountable. 


This judgement is also a great loss to Lucky Aiyedatiwa and other governors who had gone to court to battle against Local Government Autonomy. We warned them that the truth will prevail. These governors hate democracy and believe that Nigerians must be exploited more in order to satisfy their greed. Now, they have lost woefully!


We call on Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to dissolve Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC) immediately. The agency is more or less a section of the ruling party and it's quite anti-democratic!


We remember with nostalgia how our party, the African Action Congress (AAC) was robbed in the last Ondo State Local Government Elections in 2020. And we are happy that we protested this in a long and well detailed petition, but sadly, the late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu never constituted the Elections Tribunal to look into our grievances. Such is the tyrannical methods governors use in hoodwinking democracy from below. 


Finally, the African Action Congress (AAC) urge INEC to immediately meet with all Local Government stakeholders and draw a timetable for a uniform Local Government Elections nationwide. We will continue to push for real democracy even when rogue forces are so reluctant to give up!


Signed,

Abiodun Lijofi,

Spokesperson,

Ajayi/Dada IrapadaOndo Gubernatorial Campaign Committee.

11th July, 2024.

Nigeria's Supreme Court grants full autonomy to Local Governments

Nigeria's Supreme Court grants full autonomy to Local Governments

 Supreme Court Orders FG To Pay Allocations Directly To LGAs

Bars Governors from sacking LG Chairs 

 



The Federal Supreme Court of Nigeria has granted a full financial autonomy to the local governments in the country.


In a suit between the federal government and state governments, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government should pay monthly allocations directly to the local governments account. It also bars the State Government from arbitrary removal of the local governments' chairmen.

The Supreme Court has also barred governors from dissolving democratically elected officials for Local Governments.



The Court also orders the Federal Government to henceforth withhold allocations to Local Governments governed by unelected officials appointed by the Governor.

In a landmark judgement on Thursday, Court said not doing so, would amount to a breach of the 1999 Constitution.

Earlier, federal government was ordered by the Supreme Court to henceforth pay allocations directly to local government councils from the federation account.

The seven-member panel of justices held that state governments have continued to abuse their powers by retaining and using the funds meant for LGAs.

Going by this landmark judgement, the elections into the local governments will invariably become a subject of independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


In most of the states of the federation , governors are running the local governments by caretakers or elections are Long overdue but we're not conducted .


These are the states running local governments with caretaker committees;


1. Rivers – Rivers Governor Siminalayi Fubara appointed caretaker committees for the 23 local government areas as he continues his battle with his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, for the control of the political structure in the oil-rich state.


2. Jigawa – On June 28, 2024, the government of Jigawa State dissolved the elected council chairmen of the 27 local governments. 


3. Anambra – On June 20, 2024, Governor Charles Soludo, through the House of Assembly, confirmed the appointment of transition committee chairmen and councillors for the 21 local government areas. 


4. Zamfara – In Zamfara, the last grassroots poll was held on April 27, 2019, and the State returned to appointees after the chairmen’s tenures expired. In May 2024, the Assembly approved a six-month extension for the caretaker committee.


5. In Benue, however, elections are scheduled to be held on July 6, 2024, for LG council chairmen.


6. Bauchi – Last year, Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, sworn in 20  appointed local government area caretaker committee chairmen with their deputies. 


7. Plateau – June 2023, Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau inaugurated the Interim Transition Committee chairpersons for its 17 local government areas at Government House Jos.


8. Abia – In December 2023, Abia Governor Alex Otti, inaugurated the 17 local government transition council chairpersons. 


9. Enugu – In March 2024, Enugu State Government ordered local government chairmen in the 17 councils to hand over administration to heads of personnel management after the expiration of their tenures. 


10. Katsina


11. Kano – In March 2024, Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State recommended names of Interim Management Committee members for Local Government Areas of the state to its House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.


12. Sokoto


13. Yobe – In April 2024, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, approved the dissolution of all the 17 local government councils of the state, and also directed all local government chairmen to handover the affairs of their respective local governments to Directors of Personnel Management. 


14. Ondo – Ondo State Government also constituted Caretaker Committees for the 18 Local Councils and 33 Local Council Development Areas, (LCDA). 


15. Osun – In February 2024, Osun Assembly extended the tenure of office and re-appointed caretaker committees of 30 Local Government Areas and 39 others running Modakeke Area Office and Local Council Development Areas in the state.


The extension was subsequently secured for the caretaker chairmen, vice chairmen, scribes and their members’ fresh six months tenure, beginning in February and ending in August 2024.


16. Delta 


17. Akwa-Ibom – Governor Umo Eno last year through a letter with reference number GHU/AKS/S/104/VOL.1/607, addressed to the Speaker, Hon. Udeme Otong, informed the House of Assembly that there was no provision in the 2023 budget for the conduct of local government elections. 


He urged the Assembly to pass a resolution authorising him to set up interim administration at the 31 local government areas at the expiration of the tenure of the elected council officials. 


18. Cross River


19. In Imo State, the last council poll was conducted on August 25, 2018, which was the first in seven years.


20. In Kwara State, the last council election was in November 2017 with caretaker committees in charge since 2020.

 Supreme Court Orders FG To Pay Allocations Directly To LGAs

Bars Governors from sacking LG Chairs 

 



The Federal Supreme Court of Nigeria has granted a full financial autonomy to the local governments in the country.


In a suit between the federal government and state governments, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government should pay monthly allocations directly to the local governments account. It also bars the State Government from arbitrary removal of the local governments' chairmen.

The Supreme Court has also barred governors from dissolving democratically elected officials for Local Governments.



The Court also orders the Federal Government to henceforth withhold allocations to Local Governments governed by unelected officials appointed by the Governor.

In a landmark judgement on Thursday, Court said not doing so, would amount to a breach of the 1999 Constitution.

Earlier, federal government was ordered by the Supreme Court to henceforth pay allocations directly to local government councils from the federation account.

The seven-member panel of justices held that state governments have continued to abuse their powers by retaining and using the funds meant for LGAs.

Going by this landmark judgement, the elections into the local governments will invariably become a subject of independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


In most of the states of the federation , governors are running the local governments by caretakers or elections are Long overdue but we're not conducted .


These are the states running local governments with caretaker committees;


1. Rivers – Rivers Governor Siminalayi Fubara appointed caretaker committees for the 23 local government areas as he continues his battle with his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, for the control of the political structure in the oil-rich state.


2. Jigawa – On June 28, 2024, the government of Jigawa State dissolved the elected council chairmen of the 27 local governments. 


3. Anambra – On June 20, 2024, Governor Charles Soludo, through the House of Assembly, confirmed the appointment of transition committee chairmen and councillors for the 21 local government areas. 


4. Zamfara – In Zamfara, the last grassroots poll was held on April 27, 2019, and the State returned to appointees after the chairmen’s tenures expired. In May 2024, the Assembly approved a six-month extension for the caretaker committee.


5. In Benue, however, elections are scheduled to be held on July 6, 2024, for LG council chairmen.


6. Bauchi – Last year, Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, sworn in 20  appointed local government area caretaker committee chairmen with their deputies. 


7. Plateau – June 2023, Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau inaugurated the Interim Transition Committee chairpersons for its 17 local government areas at Government House Jos.


8. Abia – In December 2023, Abia Governor Alex Otti, inaugurated the 17 local government transition council chairpersons. 


9. Enugu – In March 2024, Enugu State Government ordered local government chairmen in the 17 councils to hand over administration to heads of personnel management after the expiration of their tenures. 


10. Katsina


11. Kano – In March 2024, Gov. Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State recommended names of Interim Management Committee members for Local Government Areas of the state to its House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.


12. Sokoto


13. Yobe – In April 2024, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, approved the dissolution of all the 17 local government councils of the state, and also directed all local government chairmen to handover the affairs of their respective local governments to Directors of Personnel Management. 


14. Ondo – Ondo State Government also constituted Caretaker Committees for the 18 Local Councils and 33 Local Council Development Areas, (LCDA). 


15. Osun – In February 2024, Osun Assembly extended the tenure of office and re-appointed caretaker committees of 30 Local Government Areas and 39 others running Modakeke Area Office and Local Council Development Areas in the state.


The extension was subsequently secured for the caretaker chairmen, vice chairmen, scribes and their members’ fresh six months tenure, beginning in February and ending in August 2024.


16. Delta 


17. Akwa-Ibom – Governor Umo Eno last year through a letter with reference number GHU/AKS/S/104/VOL.1/607, addressed to the Speaker, Hon. Udeme Otong, informed the House of Assembly that there was no provision in the 2023 budget for the conduct of local government elections. 


He urged the Assembly to pass a resolution authorising him to set up interim administration at the 31 local government areas at the expiration of the tenure of the elected council officials. 


18. Cross River


19. In Imo State, the last council poll was conducted on August 25, 2018, which was the first in seven years.


20. In Kwara State, the last council election was in November 2017 with caretaker committees in charge since 2020.

Scam Alert: TrustCoin Africa Limited, registered in South Africa out to defraud across the Continent

Scam Alert: TrustCoin Africa Limited, registered in South Africa out to defraud across the Continent





A Registered South Africa company

TrustCoin Africa Limited is out scamming across many countries in Africa and beyond. Notably the so called company is operating and receiving investments from unsuspecting citizens of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya  and South Africa among others.

 The company is registered in South Africa with number SA83377770, according to the website ( https://trustcoinafrica.com/about )


Aside receiving payments in a cryptocurrency Bitcoin, in Nigeria the scam TrustCoin Africa Limited is also receiving cash through a Sterling Bank account number: 8511001179. The Account Name is EDIRI VIGHOR.

For BTC, the company is using an account with Luno. It has three levels of investment circles: three days, seven days and thirty days.


TrustCoin Africa Limited claimed it's offices are located in South Africa and United States:

South Africa — 47 Openview Drive, Hogsfront, Eastern Cape, South Africa.


US —  8145 Beechwood Lane, Plymouth, MA 02360, Massachusetts, United States.

 Phone: +1 5143124165

Name of the Principal Officer: Francisco David.


Reliably gathered, the site has not been paying any investors for the past 4 weeks and still counting whatever current payment claims are just computer manipulations via algorithm.


All other online reviews by the Scam Alerts clearly revealed the organisation to be a scam as it offers unrealistic returns on investments .


The Nigeria's anti corruption agencies especially the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC ) should look into how to halt the activities of TrustCoin Africa Limited in Nigeria and through interpol bring the perpetrator (s) to book.



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A Registered South Africa company

TrustCoin Africa Limited is out scamming across many countries in Africa and beyond. Notably the so called company is operating and receiving investments from unsuspecting citizens of Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya  and South Africa among others.

 The company is registered in South Africa with number SA83377770, according to the website ( https://trustcoinafrica.com/about )


Aside receiving payments in a cryptocurrency Bitcoin, in Nigeria the scam TrustCoin Africa Limited is also receiving cash through a Sterling Bank account number: 8511001179. The Account Name is EDIRI VIGHOR.

For BTC, the company is using an account with Luno. It has three levels of investment circles: three days, seven days and thirty days.


TrustCoin Africa Limited claimed it's offices are located in South Africa and United States:

South Africa — 47 Openview Drive, Hogsfront, Eastern Cape, South Africa.


US —  8145 Beechwood Lane, Plymouth, MA 02360, Massachusetts, United States.

 Phone: +1 5143124165

Name of the Principal Officer: Francisco David.


Reliably gathered, the site has not been paying any investors for the past 4 weeks and still counting whatever current payment claims are just computer manipulations via algorithm.


All other online reviews by the Scam Alerts clearly revealed the organisation to be a scam as it offers unrealistic returns on investments .


The Nigeria's anti corruption agencies especially the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC ) should look into how to halt the activities of TrustCoin Africa Limited in Nigeria and through interpol bring the perpetrator (s) to book.



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Alleged N950m Fraud: Court Adjourns Trial of Two Suspected Forex Fraudsters Till Oct 28

Alleged N950m Fraud: Court Adjourns Trial of Two Suspected Forex Fraudsters Till Oct 28


Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday, July 1, 2024, adjourned till October 28, 2024 further hearing in the trial of one Alhaji Usman Abubakar  and  Young Alhaji Foundation over an alleged N950m  forex fraud.


Abubakar, alongside Young Alhaji Foundation, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a five-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and stealing to the tune of N950 million.


One of the counts reads: "Alhaji Usman Abubakar, Young Alhaji Foundation and Dr. Abu Omer Fawaz (at large), sometime in September 2022, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to obtain the sum of N950, 000,000 from Ano Farms Limited under the false pretence that you had the dollar equivalent of the said sum, which pretence you knew to be false."


Another count reads: "Alhaji Usman Abubakar and Young Alhaji Foundation, on the 20th of September 2022, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, attempted to dishonestly convert the sum of N180,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Eighty Million Naira), property of Ano Farms Limited to the use of Abdullahi Mohammed."


He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges when he was first arraigned on February 22, 2023.


Under cross-examination by counsel to the second  defendant, G. C. Ugwunweze at Monday proceedings, the first  prosecution witness, PW1, Niyi Oyewole, who is the nominal complainant and Managing Director of Ano Farms Limited,  again re-affirmed his testimony that Fawaz linked him up with the defendant and that he, thereafter, transferred the money to him.


He, however, stated that when the dollar equivalent was not forthcoming, Fawaz told him that Young Alhaji had been instructed to return the funds.


During the proceedings, Ugwunweze tendered some documents regarding a related case before the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ajah as well as a letter to the bank on payment instruction.


They were admitted as exhibits p4, p5 and p6, respectively.


Justice Dada adjourned the case till October 28 and 29, 2024 for continuation of trial.



Source: EFCC 


Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos, on Monday, July 1, 2024, adjourned till October 28, 2024 further hearing in the trial of one Alhaji Usman Abubakar  and  Young Alhaji Foundation over an alleged N950m  forex fraud.


Abubakar, alongside Young Alhaji Foundation, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on a five-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and stealing to the tune of N950 million.


One of the counts reads: "Alhaji Usman Abubakar, Young Alhaji Foundation and Dr. Abu Omer Fawaz (at large), sometime in September 2022, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, conspired amongst yourselves to obtain the sum of N950, 000,000 from Ano Farms Limited under the false pretence that you had the dollar equivalent of the said sum, which pretence you knew to be false."


Another count reads: "Alhaji Usman Abubakar and Young Alhaji Foundation, on the 20th of September 2022, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, attempted to dishonestly convert the sum of N180,000,000.00 (One Hundred and Eighty Million Naira), property of Ano Farms Limited to the use of Abdullahi Mohammed."


He pleaded "not guilty" to the charges when he was first arraigned on February 22, 2023.


Under cross-examination by counsel to the second  defendant, G. C. Ugwunweze at Monday proceedings, the first  prosecution witness, PW1, Niyi Oyewole, who is the nominal complainant and Managing Director of Ano Farms Limited,  again re-affirmed his testimony that Fawaz linked him up with the defendant and that he, thereafter, transferred the money to him.


He, however, stated that when the dollar equivalent was not forthcoming, Fawaz told him that Young Alhaji had been instructed to return the funds.


During the proceedings, Ugwunweze tendered some documents regarding a related case before the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ajah as well as a letter to the bank on payment instruction.


They were admitted as exhibits p4, p5 and p6, respectively.


Justice Dada adjourned the case till October 28 and 29, 2024 for continuation of trial.



Source: EFCC 

NIGERIA'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY GRANTS FULL AUTONOMY TO THE 774 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, INEC TO BE CONDUCTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS

NIGERIA'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY GRANTS FULL AUTONOMY TO THE 774 LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, INEC TO BE CONDUCTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS


"The National Assembly on Tuesday, granted full financial and administrative autonomy to all the 774 local council authorities across Nigeria by amending section 124 of the nation’s constitution.


The section provides a consequential provision for the making of the local councils, a full third tier government without undue interference from the state governments.


The ammendment was one of the 22 others approved by the House of Representatives last week and ratified by the Senate on Tuesday.


Both chambers had through a conference committee harmonised versions of the ammendments into the constitution carried out by each of them last month.


By the development, the National Assembly had ratified all the 23 clauses and sections that had been ammended by both chambers.


The newly ammended document which would be sent to States Houses of Assembly, for approval, also approved the creation of the Office of Auditor General of the Local Government as well as the State Local Government Service Commission.


The section equally deleted the State

Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) from the constitution thereby vesting the powers to conduct council elections on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


It however, retained the immunity clause in the constitution for the President and Governors by adopting the Senate version of the ammendments on the issue and rejected the House of Representatives version which removed the immunity clause.


The National Assembly also made provisions for Independent Candidacy in future elections in Nigeria by amending sections 65 and 106 of the 1999 constitution..."



Source: social media 


"The National Assembly on Tuesday, granted full financial and administrative autonomy to all the 774 local council authorities across Nigeria by amending section 124 of the nation’s constitution.


The section provides a consequential provision for the making of the local councils, a full third tier government without undue interference from the state governments.


The ammendment was one of the 22 others approved by the House of Representatives last week and ratified by the Senate on Tuesday.


Both chambers had through a conference committee harmonised versions of the ammendments into the constitution carried out by each of them last month.


By the development, the National Assembly had ratified all the 23 clauses and sections that had been ammended by both chambers.


The newly ammended document which would be sent to States Houses of Assembly, for approval, also approved the creation of the Office of Auditor General of the Local Government as well as the State Local Government Service Commission.


The section equally deleted the State

Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) from the constitution thereby vesting the powers to conduct council elections on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


It however, retained the immunity clause in the constitution for the President and Governors by adopting the Senate version of the ammendments on the issue and rejected the House of Representatives version which removed the immunity clause.


The National Assembly also made provisions for Independent Candidacy in future elections in Nigeria by amending sections 65 and 106 of the 1999 constitution..."



Source: social media 

Court Jails Five for Internet Fraud in Kaduna

Court Jails Five for Internet Fraud in Kaduna


Justices R.M Aikawa and A. Isiaka on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 convicted and sentenced five internet fraudsters to prison in Kaduna. 


Justice Aikawa of the Federal High Court Kaduna sentenced and convicted the trio of Molwat Terah Sati, Zumshak Paul Wankof and Chidi Tochukwu Emmanuel, while Abraham Daniel (a.k.a Eric Wallace) and Amos Wisdom (a.k.a Laura Lute) were convicted by Justice Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court.

 

All the convicts were prosecuted by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on one-count separate charges, bordering on internet crimes.

 

Sati’s charge reads: “That you Molwat Terah Sati (a.k.a Helena Bialas) sometime in April, 2024 at Bankers Apartment, Reyfield, Jos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Helena Bialas on Facebook (an online social media platform) to unsuspecting members of the public with intent to gain advantage for yourself and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc)Act, 2015.”

 

That of Wisdom reads: “That you Wisdom (a.k.a. Laura Lute) sometimes between April and May, 2023 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did commit an offence to wit: cheating by impersonation when you falsely represented yourself as Laura Lute (a pornstar) on Facebook (an online social media platform) and in such assumed identity induced unsuspecting victims in the public to send to you the total sum of N 3,155,340.00 ( Three Million, One Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Three Hundred and Forty Naira ) only, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.” 

 

They all pleaded “guilty” to their respective charges,  prompting prosecution counsel M.J Argungu and M.Lawal to urge the courts to convict and sentence them accordingly. 

 

Justices Aikawa convicted and sentenced Emmanuel to seven years imprisonment or a fine of N400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira). He handed Wankof three years imprisonment or a fine of N450,000.00, (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). He also forfeited $200( Two Hundred United States Dollars) to the federal government, while Sati got three years imprisonment or a fine of N400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira).

 

Similarly, Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced Daniel to three years imprisonment or a fine of N150,000.00, (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) and sentenced Wisdom to five years imprisonment or a fine of N 300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira).


Additionally, Wisdom is to restitute the sum of N2,300,000 ( Two Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira) to the victim.

 

All the convicts forfeited their phones, being the tools of their crimes to the federal government.

 

The road to jail began for Sati, Wankof and Emmanuel when they were arrested in Jos, Plateau State, while that of Daniel and Wisdom began after they were picked up in Kaduna metropolis, following credible intelligence on their fraudulent internet activities.









Source: EFCC 


Justices R.M Aikawa and A. Isiaka on Wednesday, June 26, 2024 convicted and sentenced five internet fraudsters to prison in Kaduna. 


Justice Aikawa of the Federal High Court Kaduna sentenced and convicted the trio of Molwat Terah Sati, Zumshak Paul Wankof and Chidi Tochukwu Emmanuel, while Abraham Daniel (a.k.a Eric Wallace) and Amos Wisdom (a.k.a Laura Lute) were convicted by Justice Isiaka of the Kaduna State High Court.

 

All the convicts were prosecuted by the Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on one-count separate charges, bordering on internet crimes.

 

Sati’s charge reads: “That you Molwat Terah Sati (a.k.a Helena Bialas) sometime in April, 2024 at Bankers Apartment, Reyfield, Jos, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, fraudulently impersonated one Helena Bialas on Facebook (an online social media platform) to unsuspecting members of the public with intent to gain advantage for yourself and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 22(2)(b)(i) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc)Act, 2015.”

 

That of Wisdom reads: “That you Wisdom (a.k.a. Laura Lute) sometimes between April and May, 2023 in Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did commit an offence to wit: cheating by impersonation when you falsely represented yourself as Laura Lute (a pornstar) on Facebook (an online social media platform) and in such assumed identity induced unsuspecting victims in the public to send to you the total sum of N 3,155,340.00 ( Three Million, One Hundred and Fifty Five Thousand Three Hundred and Forty Naira ) only, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.” 

 

They all pleaded “guilty” to their respective charges,  prompting prosecution counsel M.J Argungu and M.Lawal to urge the courts to convict and sentence them accordingly. 

 

Justices Aikawa convicted and sentenced Emmanuel to seven years imprisonment or a fine of N400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira). He handed Wankof three years imprisonment or a fine of N450,000.00, (Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). He also forfeited $200( Two Hundred United States Dollars) to the federal government, while Sati got three years imprisonment or a fine of N400,000.00 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira).

 

Similarly, Justice Isiaka convicted and sentenced Daniel to three years imprisonment or a fine of N150,000.00, (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) and sentenced Wisdom to five years imprisonment or a fine of N 300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira).


Additionally, Wisdom is to restitute the sum of N2,300,000 ( Two Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira) to the victim.

 

All the convicts forfeited their phones, being the tools of their crimes to the federal government.

 

The road to jail began for Sati, Wankof and Emmanuel when they were arrested in Jos, Plateau State, while that of Daniel and Wisdom began after they were picked up in Kaduna metropolis, following credible intelligence on their fraudulent internet activities.









Source: EFCC 

Bandits demand N20m levies, taxes monthly from Benue communities

Bandits demand N20m levies, taxes monthly from Benue communities


Suspected armed bandits operating in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State have reportedly commenced the collection of taxes and levies from residents of Torough and nearby communities.

It was gathered, yesterday, from a resident of the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being attacked, that the gangs introduced a levy of N20 million as monthly tax to be paid by each household.

Source: Nairaland 

Suspected armed bandits operating in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State have reportedly commenced the collection of taxes and levies from residents of Torough and nearby communities.

It was gathered, yesterday, from a resident of the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being attacked, that the gangs introduced a levy of N20 million as monthly tax to be paid by each household.

Source: Nairaland 

Alleged N109bn Fraud: EFCC Didn’t Promise Former AGF Won’t be Prosecuted - Witness

Alleged N109bn Fraud: EFCC Didn’t Promise Former AGF Won’t be Prosecuted - Witness




The third Prosecution Witness, PW3, Abdulhamid Isa Muri, in the ongoing trial-within-trial of the former Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, told Justice Halilu Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Abuja that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, did not promise Idris that he was not going to face prosecution for his N109 billion alleged loot.


Muri is a staff of the EFCC whose duties involve intelligence gathering, conducting surveillance, partaking in undercover operations, interacting with informants and any other duty legally assigned by the Director of investigations or Zonal Director of Kano Command.


At the resumed proceedings on Tuesday, Muri while narrating how the defendant made his statement voluntarily,  pointed out that the Commission did not make such promises to the defendant.



According to the PW3, he met the first defendant through the former Kano Zonal Commander, Faruk Dogon Daji, who introduced him to the defendant and informed him that the defendant came to submit some documents linked to the investigation.


"On the 10th June, 2022, the first defendant went to our office and met the then zonal commander, Mr Faruk Dogon Daji, an Assistant Commander of EFCC, ACEI, in his office and based on this, the Zonal Commander sent for me and told me that the first defendant came to submit some documents that are linked to the investigation that was on-going concerning him and that I should take him to my office to write a about the documents",  he said.


According to him, “the first defendant in company of one Lawal Badamasi followed me to my office and the office is an open office where everybody can come in and go out and there in the office, there is one Mubarak, a staff of the Commission and Yusuf Baba Yusuf,” he said.


Continuing, PW3 said, “I administered a cautionary word, I told him his rights, I wrote out the cautionary word and he said he understood and thereafter he volunteered his statement mentioning the documents one after the other and signed the documents with the date of that day.”


When confronted by the prosecution counsel, A.O. Atolagbe, with the allegation of the EFCC promising the defendant that the Commission will not prosecute him,  Muri, said the Commission did not make such a promise to the defendant.


“The first defendant is alleging that this statement of June 10, 2022, is a product of promise, that he will not be prosecuted, what is your take,” Atolagbe asked.


“It is not true my Lord; I am not the investigation officer, I am just directed to take his statement,” he said.  According to Muri, the former AGF was not detained in the facility of the Kano Zonal Command of the Commission.


Justice Halilu Yusuf later discharged the witness after the cross-examination and adjourned the matter till October 29, 2024, for defence of trial-within-trial after the counsel to the first defendant cross-examined the PW3.


Idris  is being prosecuted by the EFCC on 14-count charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of N109, 485,572,691. The EFCC arraigned Idris before the Federal Capital Territory High Court on July 22, 2022.


He was arraigned alongside Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman, and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.



Source: EFCC




The third Prosecution Witness, PW3, Abdulhamid Isa Muri, in the ongoing trial-within-trial of the former Accountant General of the Federation, AGF, Ahmed Idris, on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, told Justice Halilu Yusuf of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Abuja that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, did not promise Idris that he was not going to face prosecution for his N109 billion alleged loot.


Muri is a staff of the EFCC whose duties involve intelligence gathering, conducting surveillance, partaking in undercover operations, interacting with informants and any other duty legally assigned by the Director of investigations or Zonal Director of Kano Command.


At the resumed proceedings on Tuesday, Muri while narrating how the defendant made his statement voluntarily,  pointed out that the Commission did not make such promises to the defendant.



According to the PW3, he met the first defendant through the former Kano Zonal Commander, Faruk Dogon Daji, who introduced him to the defendant and informed him that the defendant came to submit some documents linked to the investigation.


"On the 10th June, 2022, the first defendant went to our office and met the then zonal commander, Mr Faruk Dogon Daji, an Assistant Commander of EFCC, ACEI, in his office and based on this, the Zonal Commander sent for me and told me that the first defendant came to submit some documents that are linked to the investigation that was on-going concerning him and that I should take him to my office to write a about the documents",  he said.


According to him, “the first defendant in company of one Lawal Badamasi followed me to my office and the office is an open office where everybody can come in and go out and there in the office, there is one Mubarak, a staff of the Commission and Yusuf Baba Yusuf,” he said.


Continuing, PW3 said, “I administered a cautionary word, I told him his rights, I wrote out the cautionary word and he said he understood and thereafter he volunteered his statement mentioning the documents one after the other and signed the documents with the date of that day.”


When confronted by the prosecution counsel, A.O. Atolagbe, with the allegation of the EFCC promising the defendant that the Commission will not prosecute him,  Muri, said the Commission did not make such a promise to the defendant.


“The first defendant is alleging that this statement of June 10, 2022, is a product of promise, that he will not be prosecuted, what is your take,” Atolagbe asked.


“It is not true my Lord; I am not the investigation officer, I am just directed to take his statement,” he said.  According to Muri, the former AGF was not detained in the facility of the Kano Zonal Command of the Commission.


Justice Halilu Yusuf later discharged the witness after the cross-examination and adjourned the matter till October 29, 2024, for defence of trial-within-trial after the counsel to the first defendant cross-examined the PW3.


Idris  is being prosecuted by the EFCC on 14-count charges bordering on money laundering to the tune of N109, 485,572,691. The EFCC arraigned Idris before the Federal Capital Territory High Court on July 22, 2022.


He was arraigned alongside Godfrey Olusegun Akindele, Mohammed Kudu Usman, and Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange Limited.



Source: EFCC

Alleged procurement fraud: Court adjourns Emefiele’s trial until Oct. 22

Alleged procurement fraud: Court adjourns Emefiele’s trial until Oct. 22


A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned until Oct. 21 for the continuation of the trial of the suspended governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele over alleged procurement fraud.
Emefiele is charged with an alleged 20-count amended charge, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja on Tuesday adjourned until Oct. 21 for the continuation of the trial of the suspended governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele over alleged procurement fraud.
Emefiele is charged with an alleged 20-count amended charge, preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Sokoto State Government to MURIC: Remain apolitical, your accusations on deposition of Sultan untrue, baseless, biased, unfounded

Sokoto State Government to MURIC: Remain apolitical, your accusations on deposition of Sultan untrue, baseless, biased, unfounded


The Sokoto State Government has rebuked the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) over a publication made by the body alleging a plan by the sttate government to dethrone the Sultan of Sokoto,  Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar. 


A statement signed by Abubakar Bawa who is the Press Secretary to the Sokoto state Governor said Sokoto State Government wondered how a responsible body like MURIC, claiming to be protecting the rights of the Muslims would descend so low and cheaply as to join hands with deluded mischief makers and enemies of progress to fabricate such a false and unsubstantiated story just to create an unfriendly atmosphere and fear in the minds of the law-abiding and peaceful citizens of the state. 



Full Statement: 


The attention of the Sokoto State Government has been drawn to a malicious publication credited to the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) alleging a plan by the sttate government to dethrone the Sultan of Sokoto,  Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar. 


The state government wondered how a responsible  body like MURIC, claiming to be protecting the rights of the Muslims would descend so low and cheaply as to join hands with deluded mischief makers and enemies of progress to fabricate such a false and unsubstantiated story just to create an unfriendly atmosphere and fear in the minds of the law-abiding and peaceful citizens of the state. 


We believe that MURIC is not the type that will be dancing to the tunes of enemies and mischief makers who are trying to take away the attention of the good people of Sokoto state and Nigerians on the transformative initiatives taking place in Sokoto State over the last one year. 


We also like to assure MURIC that the present administration just like the previous administrations in the state cherishes and respects the Sultanate Council long before MURIC was established. 


The Sultanate Council, which has a long standing historical importance is so reverred to all the people of Sokoto State, therefore we still hold the institution in very high regards and esteem. 


This is not the first time stories such as this  were fabricated to show that all is not well between the state government and the Sultanate Council, as some few months back we had a similar obnoxious story which the state government categorically condemned and denied in whole.


From the look of things, those nefarious  detractors and distracting enemies of progress have not relented in their failed efforts  to smear the cordial relationship existing between the state government and the Sultanate Council. 


MURIC should have cared to find out if there was ever any query, warning or any threatening documents served on the sultan by the state government. 


We equally like to remind MURIC that promoting Islamic affairs is the second item on the Ahmed Aliyu's nine-point Smart Agenda, therefore Islam means so much to the present administration, coupled with the fact that Sokoto being the Seat of the Caliphate, is a 100 per cent Muslim-dominated society.


It is on record that no administration in the history of Sokoto State has done to Islam what the present administration has done in just one year. This we say without any fear of contradictions. 

 

Therefore, for any one to think that the present administration could engage in acts or actions that could jeopardize the development of  Islam is not only unfair but unjustifiable. 


To put the records straight, we would like to tell the world that the relationship between the Ahmed Aliyu-led administration and the Sultanate Council under the leadership of our most respected monarch, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar has been very cordial. 


The present administration always consulted  with His Eminence, the Sultan on issues affecting the state, and his invaluable contributions and inputs are always respected and included in policy implementation.

 

On the issue of sacking and transfer of some District Heads in Sokoto State, MURIC should know that the affected District Heads were  accused of some unbecoming behaviours, such as land racketeering, aiding insecurity as well as insurbodination to the constituted authority.


In order to give them fair hearing the committee summoned all the affected District Heads, after which it came up with a whitepaper report, advising the government on what to do. And it was based on that and also in the public interest  that the state government acted in conformity with the recommendations made by the whitepaper committee. 


It is equally important for MURIC to note that nobody is above the law, therefore, the sacked District Heads are just reaping what they sow, and that the action taken by the Sokoto State Government was indisputably in the best public interest.


Abubakar Bawa

Press Secretary to 

Sokoto state Governor

25/06/2024


The Sokoto State Government has rebuked the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) over a publication made by the body alleging a plan by the sttate government to dethrone the Sultan of Sokoto,  Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar. 


A statement signed by Abubakar Bawa who is the Press Secretary to the Sokoto state Governor said Sokoto State Government wondered how a responsible body like MURIC, claiming to be protecting the rights of the Muslims would descend so low and cheaply as to join hands with deluded mischief makers and enemies of progress to fabricate such a false and unsubstantiated story just to create an unfriendly atmosphere and fear in the minds of the law-abiding and peaceful citizens of the state. 



Full Statement: 


The attention of the Sokoto State Government has been drawn to a malicious publication credited to the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) alleging a plan by the sttate government to dethrone the Sultan of Sokoto,  Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar. 


The state government wondered how a responsible  body like MURIC, claiming to be protecting the rights of the Muslims would descend so low and cheaply as to join hands with deluded mischief makers and enemies of progress to fabricate such a false and unsubstantiated story just to create an unfriendly atmosphere and fear in the minds of the law-abiding and peaceful citizens of the state. 


We believe that MURIC is not the type that will be dancing to the tunes of enemies and mischief makers who are trying to take away the attention of the good people of Sokoto state and Nigerians on the transformative initiatives taking place in Sokoto State over the last one year. 


We also like to assure MURIC that the present administration just like the previous administrations in the state cherishes and respects the Sultanate Council long before MURIC was established. 


The Sultanate Council, which has a long standing historical importance is so reverred to all the people of Sokoto State, therefore we still hold the institution in very high regards and esteem. 


This is not the first time stories such as this  were fabricated to show that all is not well between the state government and the Sultanate Council, as some few months back we had a similar obnoxious story which the state government categorically condemned and denied in whole.


From the look of things, those nefarious  detractors and distracting enemies of progress have not relented in their failed efforts  to smear the cordial relationship existing between the state government and the Sultanate Council. 


MURIC should have cared to find out if there was ever any query, warning or any threatening documents served on the sultan by the state government. 


We equally like to remind MURIC that promoting Islamic affairs is the second item on the Ahmed Aliyu's nine-point Smart Agenda, therefore Islam means so much to the present administration, coupled with the fact that Sokoto being the Seat of the Caliphate, is a 100 per cent Muslim-dominated society.


It is on record that no administration in the history of Sokoto State has done to Islam what the present administration has done in just one year. This we say without any fear of contradictions. 

 

Therefore, for any one to think that the present administration could engage in acts or actions that could jeopardize the development of  Islam is not only unfair but unjustifiable. 


To put the records straight, we would like to tell the world that the relationship between the Ahmed Aliyu-led administration and the Sultanate Council under the leadership of our most respected monarch, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar has been very cordial. 


The present administration always consulted  with His Eminence, the Sultan on issues affecting the state, and his invaluable contributions and inputs are always respected and included in policy implementation.

 

On the issue of sacking and transfer of some District Heads in Sokoto State, MURIC should know that the affected District Heads were  accused of some unbecoming behaviours, such as land racketeering, aiding insecurity as well as insurbodination to the constituted authority.


In order to give them fair hearing the committee summoned all the affected District Heads, after which it came up with a whitepaper report, advising the government on what to do. And it was based on that and also in the public interest  that the state government acted in conformity with the recommendations made by the whitepaper committee. 


It is equally important for MURIC to note that nobody is above the law, therefore, the sacked District Heads are just reaping what they sow, and that the action taken by the Sokoto State Government was indisputably in the best public interest.


Abubakar Bawa

Press Secretary to 

Sokoto state Governor

25/06/2024

How Emefiele Approved Contracts, Payments for Wife, Brother-in-law - Witness

How Emefiele Approved Contracts, Payments for Wife, Brother-in-law - Witness


The Seventh Prosecution Witness, (PW7) in the trial of former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele on Monday, June 24, 2024 told Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Abuja, that Emefiele signed and approved contract awards and payments to April 1616 Investment Limited and Architekon Nigeria Limited. The companies are owned by Sa’adatu Ramalan Yero, a staff of the apex bank, his wife Margaret, and her brother, Jonathan Omoile respectively.


The witness, Agboro Michael, an investigator with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, is a member of  inter-agency investigation team that comprise the EFCC, ICPC, Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Department of State Services, DSS and the Nigeria Police Force. During his cross-examination by defence counsel, Mathew Burkaa, (SAN) said that Emefiele was the approving authority of the contracts awarded to both companies having endorsed all the contract award documents and given approval for payments to the companies.

 

Burkaa identified exhibits F24 to F44 which are letters from the CBN to April 1616 Investments Limited, for the award of contracts for the supply of cars to the apex bank as well as documents showing requests for payments from the company to the CBN for the delivery of the cars, all signed by Emefiele.

 

Similarly, the witness identified exhibits A1 to A8, as documents containing memos from CBN for the award of contracts to Architekon Nigeria Limited, belonging to Emefiele’s wife and her brother for the renovation of the CBN governor’s residence, provision of dedicated power lines and supply of furniture as well as requests of payments in respect of the contracts to the company, all approved by Emefiele.

 

Justice Muazu admitted the exhibits in evidence and adjourned the matter till Tuesday, June 25, 2024 for re-examination of the witness.

 

The former CBN governor is standing trial before Justice Muazu on amended 20 count-charges that border on conferment of corrupt advantages, conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.



Source: EFCC 


The Seventh Prosecution Witness, (PW7) in the trial of former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele on Monday, June 24, 2024 told Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Abuja, that Emefiele signed and approved contract awards and payments to April 1616 Investment Limited and Architekon Nigeria Limited. The companies are owned by Sa’adatu Ramalan Yero, a staff of the apex bank, his wife Margaret, and her brother, Jonathan Omoile respectively.


The witness, Agboro Michael, an investigator with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, is a member of  inter-agency investigation team that comprise the EFCC, ICPC, Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Department of State Services, DSS and the Nigeria Police Force. During his cross-examination by defence counsel, Mathew Burkaa, (SAN) said that Emefiele was the approving authority of the contracts awarded to both companies having endorsed all the contract award documents and given approval for payments to the companies.

 

Burkaa identified exhibits F24 to F44 which are letters from the CBN to April 1616 Investments Limited, for the award of contracts for the supply of cars to the apex bank as well as documents showing requests for payments from the company to the CBN for the delivery of the cars, all signed by Emefiele.

 

Similarly, the witness identified exhibits A1 to A8, as documents containing memos from CBN for the award of contracts to Architekon Nigeria Limited, belonging to Emefiele’s wife and her brother for the renovation of the CBN governor’s residence, provision of dedicated power lines and supply of furniture as well as requests of payments in respect of the contracts to the company, all approved by Emefiele.

 

Justice Muazu admitted the exhibits in evidence and adjourned the matter till Tuesday, June 25, 2024 for re-examination of the witness.

 

The former CBN governor is standing trial before Justice Muazu on amended 20 count-charges that border on conferment of corrupt advantages, conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, forgery and obtaining by false pretence.



Source: EFCC 

Maize: Will Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Harm You?

Maize: Will Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Harm You?

 Let's start with the heaviest part: 


You are already consuming a genetically-modified organism as we speak; at least the chances are 9.9 in 10. In fact, it is worse, the one I suspect you're eating was designed using the most potent type of genetic engineering possible - a transgenic modification. 



I am speaking about the TELA maize variety that was developed by Bayer of Germany. The work was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

So, let's lay aside the fear part already. 

I planned going into the nitty gritty of genetic engineering as much as I can in this post but later changed my mind. The full style will not help the average reader much and I think I should just simplify it and cut to the chase. 


TELA came into our space around 2021. I just saw the article in a Nigerian newspaper and it said the crop was developed in ABU Zaria. Well, it's not quite so. ABU is a licensee. The TELA maize has longer roots and here is its story, the brief version, without the scare.


Bill Gates and his friends agreed that Maize (Zea mays) is the most popular crop on earth and if it can be made to yield more, it will go a long way in solving the hunger problem on a global scale. (When you're big, you think global, isn't it?). One of the biggest problem of maize which the Americans call, Corn is that it is susceptible to drought. A little scarcity of water can seriously reduce it's yield. In several parts of Africa, such crop failure is common and it spells hunger for millions. 


In addition, maize is also plagued by the Stem Borer - an insect that lays its eggs on the plant and when they hatch onto larvae, they eat into the maize stem and that's the end of that plant. There is also the Fall Army Worm that inflicts major destruction on maize across the world. The idea here was to develop a variety of maize that can do well on little water and is also resistant to Fall Army Worm and the deadly stem borer disease. This will increase yield and also tame the use of pesticides in controlling the named diseases, saving the farmer crop management costs. 

This is just the way any normal person will think. 


Crop developers had earlier launched a very successful program called Water Efficient Maize for Africa, WEMA. It had been successful at creating a drought resistant maize and it was chosen to be mated with another variety which is resistant to the two diseases earlier mentioned. This level of crop selection and crossbreeding has always been practised for ages. But there was no maize type that was resistant to these diseases so one had to be made using an advanced genetic engineering technique. 


There is a ubiquitous bacterial named Baccilus thurigiensis (Bt) that lives in the soil all over the world. This bacteria is a clever natural solution to a host of entomological problems because it produces a protein (Bt protein) that kills a selection of insects. What  geneticists did was to modify that protein, copy the section (a codon)  of the bacteria's DNA that codes for it and then zip it into the DNA of maize. This was how two varieties of Bt Maize were born and they are resistant to Fall Army Worm and Stem Borer diseases. These were engineered further with the drought resistant variety to produce a single variety that incorporates all the desired qualities - the TELA  Maize. TELA doesn't mean much; it is the short form of the Latin word, Tutela, which means 'Protect'. When you plant the TELA maize, you can rest assured it is not going to freak out at the first signs of drought and army worm or stem borer won't wipe away your crop. The maize variety is sold strictly to recover production costs, that is, it is sold on a non-profits basis. 


Can you plant the harvested seeds? Yes, but the potency won't be 100%. The seeds are specially produced through a method that does not allow open pollination to keep the quality top shape. This is not abnormal at all in crop development. The other time, I saw a young man speaking confidently against this type of hybridized seed production and I felt sorry for those in his audience who do not know that the gentleman does not know what he is confidently talking about. He was actually scaremongering, which is bad. 


Now that is the end of the good part. 


I have explained in an earlier essay on this how there are two levels of genetic modification of organisms. In that write up (I'll include the link below), I had also noted that what is called GMOs should actually be more correctly called GEO - Genetically Engineered Organisms. That is their true status from a purely scientific point of view and in full disclosure. 

All organisms are genetically modified either through selection, mutation, adaptation and the much more complex and poorly understood processes of Epigenetics. Genetic modification is normal and natural and even identical twins, despite theoretically possessing the same set of genetic codes as offsprings of the same zygote, are still different because their genes have been slightly modified during the stage of cell division where crossovers and linkages take place. 


Engineered organisms however are a different thing entirely. Scientists actually take down the genes, which are sequences of nucleotides that code for how that organism is made and then drag in codes from another organism. The most striking is when the copied codes or genes are from another species. In the Bt Maize -and also the TELA maize you've been eating - the genes are from a different kingdom. It is a gene from the Baccilus thurigiensis bacteria (from the animal kingdom) zipped into a member of the plant kingdom. 


So what's the issue with that?


Well, nothing as such. But it is a little more powerful than nothing. The anxiety comes from the fact that scientists don't fully understand what can be the fallout of this type of genetic work somewhere down the line. The genetic code is the fundamental of creation and zapping it around this way gives everyone who knows the power of genes the chills when they are being honest. Genes are not just chemistry stuff, they are chemicals of life itself and they are capable of self replication. Now everyone reading this quickly remembers that cancer is body cells gone rogue, replicating without control. Those who can connect the dots fear that consuming organisms engineered this way can trigger body cells to go rogue at any time.


Is there any evidence this can happen or has ever happened? 


No. But that doesn't assuage all fears because genes can also lie low for a long time. You must have heard of drug tests taken 20, 40 years down the line. We need the big data report - observations of the effects of these crops not just on the present consumers at the present time, but the effect on their offspring and the descendants of those as well. And the effects could be subtle - it may not be cancer but something more benign. Maybe it will affect some body systems or dial down (or even up!) our brains just a little. 


The consumption of GEO especially the Transgenic (between species) ones can also potentially alter the balance of our body's microbiome. 2% of your bodyweight is bacterial. They are ever present on our skins and mostly in our gut where they function just as a critical part of our bodies. We won't last for more than hours without them as they protect us from harmful microbes. GEO may in some ways affect these organisms by reprogramming them. Imagine writing a string of codes in the programming language of the OS your device is running and then mating it with the OS as an executable sentence. That is how GEOs are in principle. No programmer can say with absolute certainty that the system will continue to function perfectly after that intervention. 


So, are GMOs good or bad?


So far, they are good, but there are no guarantees they cannot turn very bad without warning. All those who carry on genetic engineering work  will agree on this.


John Ogunlela 

 Let's start with the heaviest part: 


You are already consuming a genetically-modified organism as we speak; at least the chances are 9.9 in 10. In fact, it is worse, the one I suspect you're eating was designed using the most potent type of genetic engineering possible - a transgenic modification. 



I am speaking about the TELA maize variety that was developed by Bayer of Germany. The work was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

So, let's lay aside the fear part already. 

I planned going into the nitty gritty of genetic engineering as much as I can in this post but later changed my mind. The full style will not help the average reader much and I think I should just simplify it and cut to the chase. 


TELA came into our space around 2021. I just saw the article in a Nigerian newspaper and it said the crop was developed in ABU Zaria. Well, it's not quite so. ABU is a licensee. The TELA maize has longer roots and here is its story, the brief version, without the scare.


Bill Gates and his friends agreed that Maize (Zea mays) is the most popular crop on earth and if it can be made to yield more, it will go a long way in solving the hunger problem on a global scale. (When you're big, you think global, isn't it?). One of the biggest problem of maize which the Americans call, Corn is that it is susceptible to drought. A little scarcity of water can seriously reduce it's yield. In several parts of Africa, such crop failure is common and it spells hunger for millions. 


In addition, maize is also plagued by the Stem Borer - an insect that lays its eggs on the plant and when they hatch onto larvae, they eat into the maize stem and that's the end of that plant. There is also the Fall Army Worm that inflicts major destruction on maize across the world. The idea here was to develop a variety of maize that can do well on little water and is also resistant to Fall Army Worm and the deadly stem borer disease. This will increase yield and also tame the use of pesticides in controlling the named diseases, saving the farmer crop management costs. 

This is just the way any normal person will think. 


Crop developers had earlier launched a very successful program called Water Efficient Maize for Africa, WEMA. It had been successful at creating a drought resistant maize and it was chosen to be mated with another variety which is resistant to the two diseases earlier mentioned. This level of crop selection and crossbreeding has always been practised for ages. But there was no maize type that was resistant to these diseases so one had to be made using an advanced genetic engineering technique. 


There is a ubiquitous bacterial named Baccilus thurigiensis (Bt) that lives in the soil all over the world. This bacteria is a clever natural solution to a host of entomological problems because it produces a protein (Bt protein) that kills a selection of insects. What  geneticists did was to modify that protein, copy the section (a codon)  of the bacteria's DNA that codes for it and then zip it into the DNA of maize. This was how two varieties of Bt Maize were born and they are resistant to Fall Army Worm and Stem Borer diseases. These were engineered further with the drought resistant variety to produce a single variety that incorporates all the desired qualities - the TELA  Maize. TELA doesn't mean much; it is the short form of the Latin word, Tutela, which means 'Protect'. When you plant the TELA maize, you can rest assured it is not going to freak out at the first signs of drought and army worm or stem borer won't wipe away your crop. The maize variety is sold strictly to recover production costs, that is, it is sold on a non-profits basis. 


Can you plant the harvested seeds? Yes, but the potency won't be 100%. The seeds are specially produced through a method that does not allow open pollination to keep the quality top shape. This is not abnormal at all in crop development. The other time, I saw a young man speaking confidently against this type of hybridized seed production and I felt sorry for those in his audience who do not know that the gentleman does not know what he is confidently talking about. He was actually scaremongering, which is bad. 


Now that is the end of the good part. 


I have explained in an earlier essay on this how there are two levels of genetic modification of organisms. In that write up (I'll include the link below), I had also noted that what is called GMOs should actually be more correctly called GEO - Genetically Engineered Organisms. That is their true status from a purely scientific point of view and in full disclosure. 

All organisms are genetically modified either through selection, mutation, adaptation and the much more complex and poorly understood processes of Epigenetics. Genetic modification is normal and natural and even identical twins, despite theoretically possessing the same set of genetic codes as offsprings of the same zygote, are still different because their genes have been slightly modified during the stage of cell division where crossovers and linkages take place. 


Engineered organisms however are a different thing entirely. Scientists actually take down the genes, which are sequences of nucleotides that code for how that organism is made and then drag in codes from another organism. The most striking is when the copied codes or genes are from another species. In the Bt Maize -and also the TELA maize you've been eating - the genes are from a different kingdom. It is a gene from the Baccilus thurigiensis bacteria (from the animal kingdom) zipped into a member of the plant kingdom. 


So what's the issue with that?


Well, nothing as such. But it is a little more powerful than nothing. The anxiety comes from the fact that scientists don't fully understand what can be the fallout of this type of genetic work somewhere down the line. The genetic code is the fundamental of creation and zapping it around this way gives everyone who knows the power of genes the chills when they are being honest. Genes are not just chemistry stuff, they are chemicals of life itself and they are capable of self replication. Now everyone reading this quickly remembers that cancer is body cells gone rogue, replicating without control. Those who can connect the dots fear that consuming organisms engineered this way can trigger body cells to go rogue at any time.


Is there any evidence this can happen or has ever happened? 


No. But that doesn't assuage all fears because genes can also lie low for a long time. You must have heard of drug tests taken 20, 40 years down the line. We need the big data report - observations of the effects of these crops not just on the present consumers at the present time, but the effect on their offspring and the descendants of those as well. And the effects could be subtle - it may not be cancer but something more benign. Maybe it will affect some body systems or dial down (or even up!) our brains just a little. 


The consumption of GEO especially the Transgenic (between species) ones can also potentially alter the balance of our body's microbiome. 2% of your bodyweight is bacterial. They are ever present on our skins and mostly in our gut where they function just as a critical part of our bodies. We won't last for more than hours without them as they protect us from harmful microbes. GEO may in some ways affect these organisms by reprogramming them. Imagine writing a string of codes in the programming language of the OS your device is running and then mating it with the OS as an executable sentence. That is how GEOs are in principle. No programmer can say with absolute certainty that the system will continue to function perfectly after that intervention. 


So, are GMOs good or bad?


So far, they are good, but there are no guarantees they cannot turn very bad without warning. All those who carry on genetic engineering work  will agree on this.


John Ogunlela 

Nigerian army ranked 39th bravest in global firepower index – Lagbaja

Nigerian army ranked 39th bravest in global firepower index – Lagbaja

The Nigerian Army has been ranked as the Army has persevered and grown to be the 39th bravest in terms of confronting any adversary out of over 145 countries assessed in the Global Firepower Index in 2024.


Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Taoreed Lagbaja disclosed this on Monday, at a press briefing to kickstart activities marking the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2024 with the theme “Transforming the Nigerian Army: Imperative for Combating Contemporary Security Challenges within a Joint Environment”.

NIGERIAN ARMY in recent years has been confronting Boko Haram, ISWAP, bandits kidnapers among others.

The Nigerian Army has been ranked as the Army has persevered and grown to be the 39th bravest in terms of confronting any adversary out of over 145 countries assessed in the Global Firepower Index in 2024.


Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Taoreed Lagbaja disclosed this on Monday, at a press briefing to kickstart activities marking the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2024 with the theme “Transforming the Nigerian Army: Imperative for Combating Contemporary Security Challenges within a Joint Environment”.

NIGERIAN ARMY in recent years has been confronting Boko Haram, ISWAP, bandits kidnapers among others.

Nigeria's Flamingos, Host Nation in Group A of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup draw

Nigeria's Flamingos, Host Nation in Group A of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup draw

Nigeria to face Dominican Republic, Ecuador, New Zealand in Group A



The Nigerian Flamingos have been drawn in Group A of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2024 in Dominican Republic.


Flamingos are drawn alongside hosts Dominican Republic, Ecuador and New Zealand as 16 teams are battle ready to compete for the title of world champions from October 16 to November 3.


The groups for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2024 was nveiled in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


This marks the first time the Dominican Republic will host a FIFA tournament.


Nigeria to face Dominican Republic, Ecuador, New Zealand in Group A



The Nigerian Flamingos have been drawn in Group A of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2024 in Dominican Republic.


Flamingos are drawn alongside hosts Dominican Republic, Ecuador and New Zealand as 16 teams are battle ready to compete for the title of world champions from October 16 to November 3.


The groups for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2024 was nveiled in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


This marks the first time the Dominican Republic will host a FIFA tournament.


#PhotoSpeaks: A Benue Farmer posted — Fulani herdsmen openly gaze on my maize farm

#PhotoSpeaks: A Benue Farmer posted — Fulani herdsmen openly gaze on my maize farm

 


Benue man posted 


"Fulani herdsmen openly gaze on my maize farm which is two hectres.The maize 🌽 farm which is supposed to harvest next month towards ending"


God be with Benue State 

Atleast, we've data to post it on social media. It's well.



Nigeria government keep making calls for the citizens to embrace and go to farm even with crud implements. 

But the deceitful APC LED federal government has refused to arrest insecurities posed by Fulani herdsmen, bandits, kidnapers among many othes. The party came to power in the promises to solve insecurity problems but has only compounded it. Hunger is ravaging the land ss result of food insecurity .

This is not peculiar to only Benue state. Many states of the federation are not secured from herdsmen havocs 

 They killed and raped at will.


 


Benue man posted 


"Fulani herdsmen openly gaze on my maize farm which is two hectres.The maize 🌽 farm which is supposed to harvest next month towards ending"


God be with Benue State 

Atleast, we've data to post it on social media. It's well.



Nigeria government keep making calls for the citizens to embrace and go to farm even with crud implements. 

But the deceitful APC LED federal government has refused to arrest insecurities posed by Fulani herdsmen, bandits, kidnapers among many othes. The party came to power in the promises to solve insecurity problems but has only compounded it. Hunger is ravaging the land ss result of food insecurity .

This is not peculiar to only Benue state. Many states of the federation are not secured from herdsmen havocs 

 They killed and raped at will.


Indian Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitaraman who travels to office (VIDEO)

Indian Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitaraman who travels to office (VIDEO)


She is the current Finance Minister of 4 trillion dollars economy,  5 trillion dollars stock capitalization,  700 billion dollars foreign reserves. 
She is the Indian Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitaraman who travels to office with Indian Metro Train & whose husband is an anti BJP University Professor.


Nirmala Sitaraman

Born 18 August 1959, Nirmala Sitaraman is an Indian economist, politician and a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) serving as the Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs of the Government of India since 2019.

See above why Nigeria may never depart misery. 9/11 presidential aircraft fleet, over 70 presidential automobile fleet, similar huge vehicular fleet for Senate president, speaker of NA, and each of 36 states government, illegal security votes of $1b+  for the 35 states governors(one declined it from one year ago), each of over 400 national legislators have motorcade of 4+ each all these at state expense and changed every 4 years and just the tip of the iceberg of unconscionable profligacy and looting of the government Treasury by the state actors in Nigeria < $300b GDP economy


Source: social media 


She is the current Finance Minister of 4 trillion dollars economy,  5 trillion dollars stock capitalization,  700 billion dollars foreign reserves. 
She is the Indian Finance Minister Ms. Nirmala Sitaraman who travels to office with Indian Metro Train & whose husband is an anti BJP University Professor.


Nirmala Sitaraman

Born 18 August 1959, Nirmala Sitaraman is an Indian economist, politician and a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) serving as the Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs of the Government of India since 2019.

See above why Nigeria may never depart misery. 9/11 presidential aircraft fleet, over 70 presidential automobile fleet, similar huge vehicular fleet for Senate president, speaker of NA, and each of 36 states government, illegal security votes of $1b+  for the 35 states governors(one declined it from one year ago), each of over 400 national legislators have motorcade of 4+ each all these at state expense and changed every 4 years and just the tip of the iceberg of unconscionable profligacy and looting of the government Treasury by the state actors in Nigeria < $300b GDP economy


Source: social media 

How EFCC Arrests Two Former Bankers for Stealing Dead Customer’s Money in Makurdi

How EFCC Arrests Two Former Bankers for Stealing Dead Customer’s Money in Makurdi


Operatives of  Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, have arrested two former staff of  Union Bank in Makurdi for allegedly stealing the sum of  N4,199,500.00 (Four Million One Hundred and Ninety Nine  Thousand Five Hundred Naira)  belonging to a deceased customer of the bank.

 

The suspects, Idah Ogoh and Agbo Okwute were arrested on Friday,  June 21, 2024 in Makurdi, Benue State.

 


Their arrest followed  a petition against them by the bank on  fraudulent debits on a deceased customer,  Emmanuel  Azer Agenna’s  account. Their dealings were uncovered when the family of the deceased approached the bank for the balance on the account of the deceased for probate processing. The family disputed the balance given to them by the bank and subsequently sent a complaint to the bank regarding unauthorised debits on the account. 

 

Based on their complaints, the bank  carried out an  internal investigation  and its findings revealed that a debit card  was procured on the deceased’s customer account on May 10, 2023 by Ifah Ogoh,  one of the bank’s Sales and Service Associates  which was authorised by the bank on the same date.


Further findings by the bank showed that the procured card by Ogoh was handed over to another Sales and Service Associates,  Agbo Omwute who eventually delivered the card to an accomplice for transfer and withdrawal of  funds from the account of the deceased. Several withdrawals were allegedly made by the suspects through the  accomplice 

    

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.



Source: EFCC 


Operatives of  Makurdi Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, have arrested two former staff of  Union Bank in Makurdi for allegedly stealing the sum of  N4,199,500.00 (Four Million One Hundred and Ninety Nine  Thousand Five Hundred Naira)  belonging to a deceased customer of the bank.

 

The suspects, Idah Ogoh and Agbo Okwute were arrested on Friday,  June 21, 2024 in Makurdi, Benue State.

 


Their arrest followed  a petition against them by the bank on  fraudulent debits on a deceased customer,  Emmanuel  Azer Agenna’s  account. Their dealings were uncovered when the family of the deceased approached the bank for the balance on the account of the deceased for probate processing. The family disputed the balance given to them by the bank and subsequently sent a complaint to the bank regarding unauthorised debits on the account. 

 

Based on their complaints, the bank  carried out an  internal investigation  and its findings revealed that a debit card  was procured on the deceased’s customer account on May 10, 2023 by Ifah Ogoh,  one of the bank’s Sales and Service Associates  which was authorised by the bank on the same date.


Further findings by the bank showed that the procured card by Ogoh was handed over to another Sales and Service Associates,  Agbo Omwute who eventually delivered the card to an accomplice for transfer and withdrawal of  funds from the account of the deceased. Several withdrawals were allegedly made by the suspects through the  accomplice 

    

The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.



Source: EFCC 

BINANCE: Tigran Gambaryan’s health is not deteriorating in Kuje prison, Nigerian Government replies US lawmakers

BINANCE: Tigran Gambaryan’s health is not deteriorating in Kuje prison, Nigerian Government replies US lawmakers


The Nigeria's government has debunked allegations that the health of a United States Binance executive, Tigran Gambaryan is deteriorating while in custody at Kuje Correctional Service.

Mohammed Idris, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and National Orientation issued the rebuttal in a statement on Friday.


The Nigeria's government has debunked allegations that the health of a United States Binance executive, Tigran Gambaryan is deteriorating while in custody at Kuje Correctional Service.

Mohammed Idris, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and National Orientation issued the rebuttal in a statement on Friday.

Insecurity: Nigerian Army gets Aviation Wing, acquires fighter helicopters

Insecurity: Nigerian Army gets Aviation Wing, acquires fighter helicopters


The Nigeria's Federal Government has established an aviation wing for the Nigerian Army, and acquired fighter helicopters for its operations.

Major General Onyema Nwachukwu who is the Director of Army Public Relations confirmed that the BELL UH-1H, HUEY helicopters were received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Friday.

Nigeria since 2009 has been facing series of insecurity threats from Boko Haram, ISWAP, bandits, herdsman and kidnapping among others.

The Nigeria's Federal Government has established an aviation wing for the Nigerian Army, and acquired fighter helicopters for its operations.

Major General Onyema Nwachukwu who is the Director of Army Public Relations confirmed that the BELL UH-1H, HUEY helicopters were received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Friday.

Nigeria since 2009 has been facing series of insecurity threats from Boko Haram, ISWAP, bandits, herdsman and kidnapping among others.

Still Loyal to Wike, Fubara sacks Rivers traditional council chairman over omission of Governor, deputy's pictures on State traditional council's 2024 calendar

Still Loyal to Wike, Fubara sacks Rivers traditional council chairman over omission of Governor, deputy's pictures on State traditional council's 2024 calendar


Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara has removed the Chairman of the State Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Sergeant Awuse.


The removal of Awuse was announced during a special meeting between the Governor and traditional rulers at the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.


The removal was attributed to Awuse's publication of a 2024 calendar that omitted photographs of the Governor and his deputy. 


Announcing Awuse's removal, Fubara said: "I will like to draw your attention to a special insult that was melted to this government. The council produced a calendar for the year 2024, and the governor's picture, the deputy governor's picture was not in the calender. I want to ask you, does it show any sign that that leadership is working with this government?. 


"So I've decided today that we have to move forward. By the special grace of God, the administrative lifespan of the chairman is one year. 


"So at this particular hour, I have to say that 'with the power vested on me, the tenure of Sergeant Awuse is terminated."


Source: X | Symnfoni


Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara has removed the Chairman of the State Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Sergeant Awuse.


The removal of Awuse was announced during a special meeting between the Governor and traditional rulers at the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.


The removal was attributed to Awuse's publication of a 2024 calendar that omitted photographs of the Governor and his deputy. 


Announcing Awuse's removal, Fubara said: "I will like to draw your attention to a special insult that was melted to this government. The council produced a calendar for the year 2024, and the governor's picture, the deputy governor's picture was not in the calender. I want to ask you, does it show any sign that that leadership is working with this government?. 


"So I've decided today that we have to move forward. By the special grace of God, the administrative lifespan of the chairman is one year. 


"So at this particular hour, I have to say that 'with the power vested on me, the tenure of Sergeant Awuse is terminated."


Source: X | Symnfoni

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