Hon. Danze, the Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, before Justice U. P. Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 4, sitting in Abuja, on allegations of corruption bordering on abuse of office and gratification.
ICPC had filed a six-count charge before the court in which it accused the council chairman of demanding and receiving N10 million bribe from the director of Remotosh Construction Ltd, Engr. Aremu Omotosho, in exchange for approving payment for the construction of double cell culvert in Paiko-Kore.
One of the charges reads, “That you, Adamu Mustapha Danze on or about the month of March, 2018 at Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, while being a public officer as the Executive Chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council received the sum of N10 million from Engineer Aremu Omotosho, the director of Remotosh Construction Limited for approving payment for the construction of double cell culvert at Paiko-Kore awarded to Remotosh Construction Limited by Gwagwalada Area Council, the sum you asked the contractor to transfer to your counsel defending you in the election tribunal and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 10 (a)(i) and punishable under Section 10 (a)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”
“There was a petition written to the Attorney General of the Federation which is a complain made against this prosecution because we found out that this trial was a persecution and we got a response from the AGF.
The arraignment of former Aviation Minster, Stella Oduah, suffered setback in a Federal High Court, Abuja over a letter from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) calling for the case review. Justice Inyang Ekwo had, on Oct. 20, fixed today for the arraignment of Oduah over allegations bordering on fraud while she served in the office. Oduah, who currently represents Anambra North Senatorial District at the National Assembly and eight others, were expected to be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged N5 billion fraud and financial misappropriation.
When they were about to take their plea to a 25-count charge, a defence counsel, Oguh Onoja, raised an objection in open court. Onoja informed that a petition had already been written to the AGF, complaining that the defendants were just been persecuted.
Renowned Muslim cleric, Sheikh (Dr.) Ahmad Gumi, has established a school for herdsmen inside a forest in Kaduna state. Vanguard reports that the Islamic cleric while fielding questions from newsmen when he embarked on an inspection visit to the Sheikh Uthman Bin Fodio Centre at Kagarko Grazing Reserve Kohoto Village, Kaduna state over the weekend, said the provision of infrastructures to herdsmen in their remote locations could help in curbing their violent ideologies.
According to Gumi, insecurity in Nigeria, particularly banditry can become a thing of the past, as bandits are ready to drop their arms if education opportunities and other basic amenities are provided for them at the grassroots.
The Nigerian Embassy in Dublin, Ireland is collecting illegal €100 (approximately N47,000) postal orders from Nigerians applying for passports which are shared and monetised by staff members for personal gains, SaharaReporters has learnt.
Sources told NAN on Sunday that workers at the Embassy resumed the fraudulent practice after the departure of the former Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr (Mrs) Uzoma Emenike.
According to one of the sources, Nigerian Embassy workers in Ireland have mandated applicants to submit with their application a €100 postal order not addressed to anyone in particular.
We learnt that the embassy used to request postal orders from passport applicants but that was stopped by former Ambassador to the European country, Dr Uzoma Emenike, who is now the Ambassador to the United States of America.
According to one of the sources, the Embassy recently issued a statement backdated to September 2021 to give the illegal practice an official seal.
“When the passport is ready, they are mandating applicants to submit a postal order which is not addressed to anyone. If you bring a postal order addressed to the Nigerian Embassy, they will reject it.
“Since Dr Uzoma Emenike has been posted out from Ireland to the US now, the staff members are the ones requesting for postal orders from Nigerians who are applying for passports.
“They are not giving people their passports except they bring blank postal orders which they will go claim. Now, they are charging illegal 100 euros postal orders.
“They gave express warning that it should not be addressed to the Nigerian Embassy but should be left blank,” one of the sources said.
Another source told NAN that though the practice had been going on for some time, the Embassy recently released a memo in an attempt to give the illegality official backing.
“The practice has been going on for a while now, so now they decided to paste a memo at the embassy and backdated it to September 2021 in order to make it look as if it is now official,” the source said.
“However, in the memo, they cleverly decided not to mention who to address the postal order to. They will reject it if addressed to the Nigerian Embassy. We understand that they share the postal orders among themselves on weekends for them to cash out.”
Indeed, copies of such postal orders obtained by NAN reveal they are not addressed to the Nigerian Embassy in Ireland or any office in particular. A copy of the memo titled, ‘Public notice: Commencement of special passport fast-track services,’ and obtained by SaharaReporters said the illegality was introduced for passport applicants who are in urgent need of their passports due to the scarcity of passport booklets in Nigeria and in foreign missions. The memo dated September 2021, however, added that such applications must come with a €100 postal order.
The memo read, “It would be recalled that following the ease of the Level 5 lockdown in Ireland occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic the Embassy of Nigeria, Dublin, Ireland resumed Consular services including passport issuance. “However, due to the constant shortage of passport booklets in all passport offices in Nigeria and foreign missions including Ireland), the Embassy usually gives an extended passport collection period to applicants after processing their applications. That notwithstanding, all applicants who were given the extended collection period were able to collect their passports as and when due.
“However, there are applicants who before or after processing their passport applications request for early collection dates. This is to the detriment of applicants who are patiently waiting for their due collection dates. It also causes undue pressure on the passport section and the embassy in general. “Therefore, in consideration of the need to serve all category of applicants based on their peculiar circumstance, especially those who have genuine reasons to request for their passports earlier than the due collection date, and in line with global practice for passport fast-track, the Embassy of Nigeria Dublin wishes to commence passport fast-track services at €100.00 only per applicant payable in postal order.
“It should however be noted that in order not to allow for abuse of process and the privilege, the passport fast-track service will be operated on merit. Thus, any applicant who wants to request for the fast-track service will be required to provide documentary evidence for the urgent need of the passport before the due collection date. “Any applicant for the fast-track service must have processed his/her passport application (i.e. must have his/her biometrics already captured). Thereafter, he/she may come along with the passport coaction slip as well as evidence of urgent need for the passport and a €100.00 postal order.
An information technology expert, Cyril Isong, has been apprehended by the police for the alleged abduction of a House of Representative member.
Isong, who lived in Abuja, reportedly connived with others at large to lure the lawmaker to a short let apartment in Asokoro, Abuja, with a woman and held him hostage afterwards, dispossessing him of $2,000 and N65,000.
City Round learnt that Isong was tracked down recently in Akwa Ibom by operatives of Force Intelligence Response Team led by DCP Tunji Disu following a petition addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, by the lawmaker.
The victim was said to have alleged in the petition that on August 4, 2020, he received a call from an unknown caller who introduced himself as Sani and claimed to be a former National Assembly member.
The woman whose husband killed their son and buried him with the help of his pastor has spoken out about her ordeal. 36-year-old Chidi Onyishi was arrested in Enugu State for allegedly killing his seven-year-old son named Chukwudalu for money rituals.
His blind pastor, Okeke Eneokwor, was also arrested for leading Onyishi to kill his son.
Chukwudalu’s mother spoke to BBC Igbo, narrating what transpired on October 20. The mother-of-six said she returned to their home at 25 Taylor Avenue Coal Camp, Enugu, on the fateful day to find that Chidalu, who is her 3rd child and second son, was not at home with his siblings. She said it was unusual because her kids obey instructions and whenever you tell them not to leave the house, they stay put. She said she came out to ask neighbours if they had seen her 7-year-old son but no one had an idea where he was.
She began calling her husband but he wasn’t picking. He later picked after a long time and said he had no idea where their son was. She said her husband, a keke driver, later came home in his keke and saw neighbours sympathising with her as she was crying about her missing son. When asked if he knew where his son went, he kept insisting he didn’t send his son anywhere, neither did he take the boy out.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have arrested one Precious Ofure Omonkhoa. for an alleged bitcoin investment scam. Precious who was arrested on November 8, was said to allegedly posed as Moshem Cnich, a Swedish national, to defraud unsuspecting victims of their hard- earned money by claiming that he runs a bitcoin scheme, where people invest money to make huge returns.
Ex-governor of Edo state, Lucky Igbinedion has been detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged N1.6 Billion Fraud.
According to report, Igbinedion is being grilled for diverting public funds to the tune of N1.6bn. A loan obtained by the Edo government is said to be have been diverted to a company which he has an interest in.
Mr Igbinedion was prosecuted in 2008 by the EFCC and convicted of embezzling N2.9bn belonging to the state.
Federal high court in Enugu sentenced to six months imprisonment with an option of N3.5 million fine and also ordered the forfeiture of three of his properties.
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested 40 suspected internet fraudsters in an early morning sting operation in two locations in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Wednesday said the suspects were arrested in the Ada George and Eagle Island areas of Port Harcourt, based on diligent surveillance and verified intelligence on their suspicious internet-related criminal activities.
The suspects are: Michael Lelu Deedum; People Asoliagha; Joseph Ajilo; Adeyemi Gbolahan; Testimony Nna; Nnemeka Chinedu; Ejiofor Raymond; Miracle Ezenandu; Ebele Uchenna; Iyke Obioha; Ikechukwu Nwali; Okoronkwo Emmanuel; Ulu Samuel Eugene Chukwudi; Japheth Tallick; Noel George; Stanley Tallick; Saro Power Maeba; Enyio Chibuike, Ogwashi Precious and Elijah Jeremiah.