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A herbal medicine dealer, Sanusi Mohammed, who allegedly defrauded a blind man of N1.5 million, was on Monday charged before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

The accused, 60, is facing a two-count charge of fraud and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Kehinde Omisakin, told the court that the accused committed the offences in 2015 at Okobaba Street, Ebute Meta in Lagos.

He said that the accused fraudulently obtained the money from Lawal Aliyu, promising that he would introduce him into oil and gas business, a representation he knew was false.... more

Seven persons including six women were on Monday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly conspiring to sale a day-old baby.

The accused are, Onyinyecgi Oseneye, 22; Prisca Okocha, 45; Glory Ehinmi, 35; Regina Anyanwu, 59; Chizoba Nwate, 35; Elizabeth Michael, 68; and Nike Nwatemole, 40.

The seven were arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, selling and buying a day-old baby.... more

An Ebute-Meta Magistrates Court, Lagos, on Monday ordered a textile dealer, Mrs. Titilayo Momoh, to undergo psychiatric evaluation following her arraignment by the police for attempted suicide.

Momoh, 58, was also granted N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

The woman was on March 24 rescued from jumping off the Third Mainland Bridge into the Lagoon by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad  (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command.... more


The remains of Sen. Isiaka Adeleke has been buried at his residence in Ede on Monday , the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The corpse was brought to the residence from Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo at about 10:46am, where the Chief Immam of Ede, Alhaji Moshood Akaje performed the funeral prayers at about 11:03 am.

Adeleke’s body was immediately buried after the prayers amidst tears by families, friends and political associates.... more

The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the alleged corruption, malpractices and breach of due process in the award of OPL 245 has indicted former President Jonathan for his role in the contentious Malabu oil block deal. Dr Jonathan denies any wrongdoing.
The report on the Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL) 245, which comprises a large area of 1,958 square kilometers, including two deep water fields and reckoned to hold an estimated 9.2 billion barrels of crude oil, followed over three months of continuous investigation.
The committee, headed by Hon. Rasak Atunwa, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Justice, believes the former president cannot claim ignorance of the facts leading to the payout of $1.1 billion on the Malabu deal which culminated in a huge revenue loss for the country.
The committee recommended that the ex-president be given an opportunity to explain his role in the approval of the April 2011 Agreement which acted as a catalyst for the supposed “resolution” on which the $1.1 billion was paid.
The committee also stated that since allegations against the ex-President are weighty, the House should invite him to appear before it to state his side of the story, especially if he approved the payment as claimed by some of the principal actors in the issue and also to clear his name that he received part of the payout.... more

The Federal Government has said it will provide at least 15 million jobs for Nigerians by the year 2020 as captured in the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, gave the assurance at a news conference on ERGP yesterday in Abuja.... more

The independent National Electoral Commission( INEC) yesterday said out of N23billion poll bribery cash, about N3,046,829, 000 was traced to some of its staff involved in 2015 general elections.
The commission has also referred a National Commissioner and five Resident Electoral Commissioners( RECs), who were implicated in the bribery scandal, to the presidency for disciplinary action.
It said it has suspended 205 pending the final determination of cases they have with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC).
But following insufficient information, 70 other staff have been referred back to EFCC for further investigation.
These disciplinary measures were contained in a statement by the National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, Mallam Mohammed Haruna.
For the first time, INEC admitted that... more


Ex-Naval chief loses N1.8b to govt

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The Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday ordered the forfeiture of N1.8 billion recovered from a former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Dele Ezeoba.

Justice Muslim Hassan ruled on an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) praying for a permanent forfeiture of the N1, 825,000,000 allegedly diverted fraudulently by the one-time air chief.

The anti-graft agency said the money was traced to the account of a company, Aquila Leasing Limited.... more


A report from a Russian online cyber security firm, Kaspersky, has observed that North Korean hackers are allegedly attacking banks in 18 countries, including Nigeria.

The organisation noted in its report that this could be regarded as the biggest bank heists in world history.

Banks and security researchers have previously identified four similar cyber-heists attempt on financial institutions in Bangladesh, Ecuador, the Philippines and Vietnam.... more

An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti has barred a pastor, Victor Ekejiuba, from his matrimonial home for one year to save his wife, Caroline, from “unending battering and physical assaults”.... more
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