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Crime

Hushpuppi Currently Scheduled To Be Sentenced In October – US Court


The United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California says that Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, will be sentenced in October 2021.


Hushpuppi has recently pleaded guilty to various offences bordering on internet scam and money laundering, among others.
The court also confirmed that it ordered the FBI to arrest Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari, for his alleged role in a $1m scam allegedly perpetrated by Hushpuppi and five others.


“A U.S. Magistrate Judge has issued arrest warrants for the defendants in the case, including Mr Kyari. This is standard operating procedure in nearly all of the criminal cases filed by this office.
“Hushpuppi is currently scheduled to be sentenced in late October,” Mrozek stated.


The court official, however, did not disclose whether Kyari must be in court with Hushpuppi by late October.

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El-Zakzaky, wife to jet out for check-up, face fresh terrorism charges


The leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenah, are planning to embark on a foreign trip for medical check-up, Saturday PUNCH learnt on Friday.


It was gathered that both husband and wife would use the opportunity to evaluate their health status, which a source close to the Islamic leader claimed had deteriorated as a result of their long stay in prison.


El-Zakzaky and his wife are said to be staying in Abuja since they were acquitted by a Kaduna high court of charges of culpable homicide.
There were rumours that the couple had travelled outside the country on Friday, but the spokesperson for the IMN, Abdullahi Mohammed, denied it.
“Sheikh and his wife are still around, they have not travelled. I will update you if there is any development,” he told one of our correspondents.


However, another source close to the Kaduna-based Islamic leader said, “He will travel soon. He and his wife need to see their doctors. They have to be attended to soon.”
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government has filed fresh charges against El-Zakzaky bordering on terrorism and treasonable felony allegedly perpetrated against the state and the federal governments.

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Entertainment

BREAKING: Veteran Nollywood Actress, Rachel Oniga Is Dead


According to popular Nigerian media personality, Seun Oloketuyi via his Instagram platform, the movie star who has featured in hundreds of movies passed on at the early hours of today, Saturday, July 31.


The cause of Oniga’s death was unknown at the time of this report.

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Crime Entertainment

Singer Davido suspends his aide, Isreal over post on Kyari


Nigerian singer, Davido, has suspended his personal logistics manger, Isreal Afeare, following his recent comments on social media.


According to a source, the decision was taken after Isreal recently went on Instagram to give his take on the Hushpuppi-Kyari brouhaha which didn’t sit well with Davido.


“He is on suspension because of the things he says on social media which always involves his boss because of the tag ‘Davido’s aide’. He has been asked not to come around or hang out with Davido. However, Isreal has promised to change,” a source said.

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Corruption Crime

Embattled ‘Super Cop’, Abba Kyari Building Multi-million Naira Mansion, Offered Neigbour N70million To Remove Building — Resident Alleges


A resident of Borno state has said the bribery allegation against Nigeria’s Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari by suspected fraudster, Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, alias Hushpuppi, didn’t come to him as a surprise.
According to SaharaReporters, the resident in a private message to a Nigerian academic and media scholar, Farooq Kperogi claimed Kyari is currently building a mansion on Jemina Road, Damboa.


Claiming the gate of the house was made of glass and steel, he alleged that the police chief offered N70 million to a neighbor who has a house behind his mansion “so he can have his house out of the way to enable him have straight access to the main road from this mansion.”


“Good evening Prof. Just reading your post on the Abba Kyari saga. It didn’t come to me as a surprise. Kyari is so super rich for the job he does. He is building a mansion on Jemina road of Damboa, that house is something else. It is the first gigantic double-gated house I’m seeing in Maiduguri, the gate is made of glass and steel.


“He wanted paying (sic) of a neighbour who has a house behind him 70 million naira so he can have his house out of the way to enable him have straight access to the main road from this mansion. And with a couple of people who have told stories implicating him, and them being shut up, it doesn’t come as a surprise at all,” Kperogi quoted the Borno resident as saying.


The United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, had issued an arrest warrant against Kyari for his alleged links to Hushpuppi, who is standing trial for various offences that include internet fraud and money laundering, among others.
Hushpuppi has since pleaded guilty to the charges and, if convicted, risks a 20-year-jail term, three-year supervision upon completion of jail term and monetary restitution to the tune of $500,000 or more.


“The defendants allegedly faked the financing of a Qatari school by playing the roles of bank officials and creating a bogus website in a scheme that also bribed a foreign official to keep the elaborate pretense going after the victim was tipped off,” said Acting United States Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison.


“Mr. Abbas, who played a significant role in the scheme, funded his luxurious lifestyle by laundering illicit proceeds generated by con artists who use increasingly sophisticated means.
“In conjunction with our law enforcement partners, we will identify and prosecute perpetrators of business email compromise scams, which is a massive and growing international crime problem.”


“Mr. Abbas, among the most high-profile money launderers in the world, has admitted to his significant role in perpetrating global BEC fraud, a scheme currently plaguing Americans,” said Kristi K. Johnson, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.


The court documents also outlined a dispute among members of the Hushpuppi conspiracy, which allegedly prompted him to arrange to have an individual identified as ‘co-conspirator’ Kelly Chibuzo Vincent, jailed in Nigeria by DCP Kyari.


According to the affidavit, “Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest.


“Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment.”
The Inspector General of Police has ordered an internal review of the United States’ authorities’ allegations against Kyari.

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Corruption Sports

Nigeria and Africa’s number one ranked table tennis star Aruna Quadri lambasts Nigerian officials for their mismanagement which led to the poor showing at the Olympics games in Tokyo


Aruna Quadri who got to the Quater finals of the Men’s table tennis events at the last summer Olympics games in Rio, Brazil 2016, could not go past the third round in Tokoyo after he lost to Brazilian Gustavo Tsuboi.


Fellow tennis stars, Funke Oshonaike, Edem Offiong, Omotayo Olajide had all crashed out of the games at the early stage.


Quadri has now attributed the failure to the lack of competency on the part of the administrators who have been handed with the power to supervise the game as he called on the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare to take quick step in restoring sanity before it get out of hand.


“When you talk you are rude, cheating is always normal to them, no single respect for athletes, priority is never put on athletes some of you caught red handed is previous games”, he wrote via his Instagram account.


“You all wanted me to perform very well, but you removed my coach that qualified me to quarter final in Rio games.


“I dare you all to remove me because I said the truth.
“Athletes were been short paid and nobody should complain?


“If Honourable minister don’t come and address the athletes, these officials will spoil all the good things you have been doing”, he concluded.

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Corruption Sports

Nigeria and Africa’s number one ranked table tennis star Aruna Quadri lambasts Nigerian officials for their mismanagement which led to the poor showing at the Olympics games in Tokyo


Aruna Quadri who got to the Quater finals of the Men’s table tennis events at the last summer Olympics games in Rio, Brazil 2016, could not go past the third round in Tokoyo after he lost to Brazilian Gustavo Tsuboi.


Fellow tennis stars, Funke Oshonaike, Edem Offiong, Omotayo Olajide had all crashed out of the games at the early stage.


Quadri has now attributed the failure to the lack of competency on the part of the administrators who have been handed with the power to supervise the game as he called on the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare to take quick step in restoring sanity before it get out of hand.


“When you talk you are rude, cheating is always normal to them, no single respect for athletes, priority is never put on athletes some of you caught red handed is previous games”, he wrote via his Instagram account.


“You all wanted me to perform very well, but you removed my coach that qualified me to quarter final in Rio games.


“I dare you all to remove me because I said the truth.
“Athletes were been short paid and nobody should complain?


“If Honourable minister don’t come and address the athletes, these officials will spoil all the good things you have been doing”, he concluded.

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Corruption Sports

Nigeria and Africa’s number one ranked table tennis star Aruna Quadri lambasts Nigerian officials for their mismanagement which led to the poor showing at the Olympics games in Tokyo


Aruna Quadri who got to the Quater finals of the Men’s table tennis events at the last summer Olympics games in Rio, Brazil 2016, could not go past the third round in Tokoyo after he lost to Brazilian Gustavo Tsuboi.


Fellow tennis stars, Funke Oshonaike, Edem Offiong, Omotayo Olajide had all crashed out of the games at the early stage.


Quadri has now attributed the failure to the lack of competency on the part of the administrators who have been handed with the power to supervise the game as he called on the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare to take quick step in restoring sanity before it get out of hand.


“When you talk you are rude, cheating is always normal to them, no single respect for athletes, priority is never put on athletes some of you caught red handed is previous games”, he wrote via his Instagram account.


“You all wanted me to perform very well, but you removed my coach that qualified me to quarter final in Rio games.


“I dare you all to remove me because I said the truth.
“Athletes were been short paid and nobody should complain?


“If Honourable minister don’t come and address the athletes, these officials will spoil all the good things you have been doing”, he concluded.

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Corruption Sports

Nigeria and Africa’s number one ranked table tennis star Aruna Quadri lambasts Nigerian officials for their mismanagement which led to the poor showing at the Olympics games in Tokyo


Aruna Quadri who got to the Quater finals of the Men’s table tennis events at the last summer Olympics games in Rio, Brazil 2016, could not go past the third round in Tokoyo after he lost to Brazilian Gustavo Tsuboi.


Fellow tennis stars, Funke Oshonaike, Edem Offiong, Omotayo Olajide had all crashed out of the games at the early stage.


Quadri has now attributed the failure to the lack of competency on the part of the administrators who have been handed with the power to supervise the game as he called on the Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare to take quick step in restoring sanity before it get out of hand.


“When you talk you are rude, cheating is always normal to them, no single respect for athletes, priority is never put on athletes some of you caught red handed is previous games”, he wrote via his Instagram account.


“You all wanted me to perform very well, but you removed my coach that qualified me to quarter final in Rio games.


“I dare you all to remove me because I said the truth.
“Athletes were been short paid and nobody should complain?


“If Honourable minister don’t come and address the athletes, these officials will spoil all the good things you have been doing”, he concluded.

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Sports

Photonews: Disqualified Nigerian Athletes Protest In Tokyo


The protesting athletes carried placards with the inscription “Why should we suffer for someone else’s negligence”, “All we wanted to do was compete” and “We are not just alternates but potential medalists.”

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Education Politics

“You can’t succeed outside your educational qualification”—President Buhari

“You can’t succeed outside your educational qualification. Anybody who missed education has missed everything. —President Buhari


The President speech at the Global Education Summit in London, UK, tasks parents not to joke with the education of their children, says education determines one’s success in life.


He also said his administration is committed to raising Education budget by 50% in the next two years.

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Education

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has expressed sadness over the death of five prospective Corps members on Wednesday

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has expressed sadness over the death of five prospective Corps members on Wednesday.


The five prospective corpers lost their lives in a motor accident along Abaji/Kwali Expressway.
They were traveling to the NYSC orientation camp in Katsina State.
NYSC commiserated with their families and described the incident as ‘black Wednesday.’


A statement issued by NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, said “It is with a deep sense of sorrow that the Director-General, management and the entire NYSC family commiserate with the families of five Prospective Corps Members that lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident at about 2 am today, Wednesday, 28th July, 2021, along Abaji/ Kwali Expressway.”


Ibrahim also condoled with the governments and people of Akwa-Ibom and Imo states over the tragic incident that has left the scheme devastated.


The scheme prayed God to grant the families and loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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Corruption Crime

U.S. Court orders FBI to arrest, detain Abba Kyari over Hushpuppi multimillion-dollar fraud


A warrant of arrest has been issued for Nigeria’s police commissioner Abba Kyari, Peoples Gazette can report based on court documents.
Otis Wright of the United States District Court for the Central District of California ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to track down Mr Kyari and produce him in the United States for his role in a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas, a notorious Nigerian fraudster.


Mr Abbas was arrested in Dubai last June and he pleaded guilty to fraud in the U.S. this week. The FBI said Messrs Abbas and Kyari have been friends and were both involved in a conspiracy to launder money.
Mr Kyari was also indicted of receiving bribes from Mr Abbas to arrest a member of the syndicate in Nigeria.


American prosecutors first sought a court warrant to arrest Mr Kyari on February 12, 2021, according to court documents seen by The Gazette. Another warrant was requested on April 29, 2021.


Judge Wright’s permission for the FBI to arrest Mr Kyari and hold him in U.S. custody was unsealed on July 26.
Mr Kyari in a hurried statement denied allegations of conspiracy with Hushpuppi, saying he only met him two years ago and did not benefit financially from the fraudster.

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Corruption Crime

Abba Kyari (DCP) Reacts to Hushpuppy’s Alleged Bribe Payment


Read him below:


Friends: Abbas who we later came to know as Hushpuppi called our office about 2years ago that somebody in Nigeria Seriously threatened to kill his Family here in Nigeria and he sent the person’s Phone number and pleaded we take action before the Person attacks his family.


We traced and arrested the Suspect and after investigations we discovered there wasn’t an actual threat to anyone’s life And they are long time friends who have money issues between them hence we released the Suspect on bail to go and he was not taken to any jail.


Nobody demanded for a kobo from Abbas Hushpuppi. Our focus was to Save people’s lives that were purported to have been threatened.
Later, he saw some of my Native Clothes and Caps on my social media page and he said he likes them and he was connected to the person selling the clothes and he sent about N300k directly to the person’s account. The Native Clothes and Caps (5 sets) were brought to our office and He sent somebody to Collect them in our office.


Nobody demanded any money from Abbas Hushpuppi and nobody collected any money from him. We responded to a distress call he made on threat to his family and released the Suspect when we discovered there was no life threat from the Suspect. This is the true story. Vincent is alive, he can be contacted.


For those who are celebrating that this is an indictment on us and mentioning some fictitious Big Money, They will be disappointed once again as our hands are clean and our record of Service for 2 decades is open for everybody to See. They will continue seeing us serving our father land and we will Continue responding to ALL distress Calls from ALL Nigerians provided they are life threatening.


For Good Nigerians who appreciate our Service please don’t worry as our hands are clean and they should please not respond to those celebrating and creating many false Narratives without any Evidence. We are used to such types of people and false newsmakers and distributors.
Thank you all and GOD bless Nigeria.

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Corruption Crime

Hushpuppi narrates how he bribed Nigerian top cop Abba Kyari in $1.1 million deal


Federal authorities in the U.S. have been investigating Mr Abbas and his co-conspirators after their syndicate was busted in Dubai, New York and other top cities last June.


Ramon ‘Hushpuppi’ Abbas, the infamous Nigerian fraudster who recently pleaded guilty in the United States, has narrated how he bribed Nigeria’s celebrated police chief Abba Kyari, court documents seen by Peoples Gazette said.


Federal authorities in the U.S. have been investigating Mr Abbas and his co-conspirators after their syndicate was busted in Dubai, New York and other top cities last June. Officials said in court filings that Mr Abbas disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribes to Mr Kyari, a deputy police commissioner, to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute over a $1.1 million dupe of a Qatari businessperson.


Mr Kyari did not immediately return calls and messages seeking his response to Mr Abbas’ claims when reached by The Gazette on Thursday morning.


Mr Abbas asked Mr Kyari to arrest and jail a fellow fraudster Kelly Chibuzor Vincent after both were locked in a dispute presumably over how to share the $1.1 million loot received from the Qatari businessperson. Mr Vincent subsequently contacted the victim and informed him that he was being scammed by a syndicate involving him and Mr Abbas.


This elicited anger from Mr Abbas, who contacted Mr Kyari to arrest and jail his rival over the dispute. Mr Abbas said Mr Kyari sent pictures of Mr Vincent in jail and subsequently sent his bank account number to Mr Abbas to which a wire transfer should be made having done a good job as sent by Mr Abbas.


“Court documents outline a dispute among members of the conspiracy, which allegedly prompted Vincent to contact the victim and claim that Abbas and Juma were engaged in fraud. After this contact, Abbas allegedly arranged to have Vincent jailed in Nigeria by Abba Alhaji Kyari, 46, of Nigeria.


“According to the affidavit, Kyari is a highly decorated deputy commissioner of the Nigeria Police Force who is alleged to have arranged for Vincent to be arrested and jailed at Abbas’ behest, and then sent Abbas photographs of Vincent after his arrest. Kyari also allegedly sent Abbas bank account details for an account into which Abbas could deposit payment for Vincent’s arrest and imprisonment,” U.S. Justice department said in a statement.


After the $1.1 million fraud was successful, Mr Abbas spent $230,000 on a watch and also bribed officials at St. Kitts and Nevis for his citizenship of that island country.
“Approximately $230,000 of the stolen funds allegedly were used to purchase a Richard Mille RM11-03 watch, which was hand delivered to Abbas in Dubai and subsequently appeared in Hushpuppi’s social media posts.


“Other illicit proceeds from the scheme were allegedly converted into cashier’s checks, including $50,000 in checks that were used by Abbas and a co-conspirator to fraudulently acquire a St. Christopher and Nevis citizenship, as well as a passport for Abbas obtained by creating a false marriage certificate and then bribing a government official in St. Kitts,” officials said.


Mr Abbas pleaded guilty to multimillion-dollar fraud earlier this month and faces up to 20 years in jail. He will be sentenced in the coming weeks and will forfeit some of his assets and his rights to appeal while also paying restitution to victims of his years-long fraud.


Mr Kyari has long grabbed media accolades as a no-nonsense cop who brought sanity to violent but lucrative crimes in Nigeria, including kidnapping and armed banditry.
He received an accelerated promotion for his exploits. But critics have repeatedly warned that his tactics had become increasingly brutal, opaque and corrupt.


In 2018, rights group Amnesty International accused Mr Kyari of illegally depleting assets of a suspected criminal after his team shot the man dead on the highway. Collins Ezenwa’s wife at the time said Mr Kyari and his team withdrew money from her late husband’s bank account and pocketed millions in accommodation proceeds from his hotels.


Mr Kyari denied corruption amongst his team but did not categorically address the allegations of the Ezenwas.
At about the same time as when Mr Abbas was arrested last June in Dubai, Mr Kyari was honoured by the Nigerian House of Representatives, with lawmakers praising him for his diligent and incorruptible service to the nation.

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Politics

Release Nnamdi Kanu within 11 days or we lock down South East – IPOB


The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has given the Federal Government 11 days to free its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, unconditionally.


IPOB Head, Directorate of State, Mazi Chika Edoziem, said the Southeast would be totally locked down daily, if Kanu is not released before August 9, 2021.


Edoziem, in a statement issued yesterday, explained that the lockdown is to ensure government released Kanu “hale and hearty.”

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News Update, Thursday, 29/07/2021

** Blackout hits homes, businesses as power grid collapses

** Shiite leader Zakzaky, wife held since 2015 regains freedom

**Akeredolu wins at Supreme Court

** Supreme Court verdict on Akeredolu validates people’s mandate – Sanwo-Olu

** Why Buhari cannot seek medical help in Nigeria – Adesina

** Makinde to announce new commissioners soon – Taiwo Adisa

** APC Congress: Lagos will adopt consensus candidate, says GAC

** Gani Adams rallies Benin Republic monarchs for Sunday Igboho

** Okowa sends 2 bills to Delta assembly for consideration

** Lagos PDP loses secretary, says death may slow party’s repair

** Cholera: Bauchi vaccinates 589,423 in four days

** Lagos to start online vehicle license renewal services in August

** Tragedy as prospective NYSC members die in Abuja auto crash

** NYSC mourns death of 5 prospective corps members in road accident

** CAC Grammar School Ibadan Old Boys Association, donates 500 pairs of furniture to Alma Mater

** Two dead, 1,500 houses damaged as heavy rains pound three Katsina LGA

** Mother of 10 loses 48 years marriage for denying husband sex

** Money laundering: Hushpuppi pleads guilty, risks 20 years’ imprisonment

** 10 Nigerian athletes banned from Tokyo 2020 Olympics

** Chelsea sign goalkeeper Bettinelli from neighbours ************

GOOD MORNING!

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Politics

Photonews: Buratai Meets Benin Republic President, Patrice Talon


The former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai met with the Beninese President for the official presentation of his letter of credence.


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Developing story: Kaduna Court Discharges and Acquits Nigerian Shiites leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-zakzaky and wife

Kaduna Court Discharges and Acquits Nigerian Shiites leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-zakzaky and wife

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Politics

Presidency orders staff to take Oath of Secrecy, threatens stiff penalties


The Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar on Tuesday in Abuja warned staff that disclosing confidential information without authorisation will attract penalties under the public service rules.


POLITICS NIGERIA learned that the Permanent Secretary stated this at the administration of Oath of Secrecy and Declaration of Secrecy to 42 staff of the State House, administered by Justice Hamza Muazu of the FCT High Court. The Permanent Secretary explained that the oaths were administered to staff members who handle classified documents.


‘‘We discovered that due to deployment of officers and retirement a number of our staff need to be placed under the radar so that they will be aware that their jobs, the kind of documents or information they are handling from day to day and beyond, are so important and must be safeguarded.


‘‘That’s the reason we decided to do the needful by administering the Oath of Secrecy, highlighting the importance of letting them know what information they are managing and the consequences of the breach of such information,’’ he said.


The Permanent Secretary, who disclosed that the exercise will be continuous, expressed delight that so far the State House has not recorded any breach of information.
‘‘We have not had any breach. We don’t anticipate having any breach.
‘‘But then it’s our duty to let them understand that if there is any, there will be consequences after investigations and that also includes after they have retired from the Civil Service,’’ he said.


Earlier before the administration of the Oaths, Mr Tukur Yahaya, the Director of Special Services Department, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, took the staff through sensitization, explaining the essence of the Official Secrets Act, 1962.


‘‘The essence of this exercise is to ensure the safety and security of government information, documents and facilities,’’ he said.

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Politics Technology

TWITTER BAN: COURT FIXES DATE TO HEAR NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION’S SUIT AND BUHARI GOVERNMENT

October 4, 2021 has been fixed to hear a suit by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), challenging the legality of Nigeria Government’s suspension of the operations of micro-blogging and social media website, Twitter, by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The suit numbered FHC/L/CS/613/202 was filed by Incorporated Trustees of the NBA on June 18, following the government’s June 4 threat to prosecute Nigerians who defy the directive by continuing to use Twitter.

The first to fourth defendants are President Muhammadu Buhari; the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) respectively.

The NBA’s 7-member legal team, led by Dr Charles Mekwunye, is seeking 11 reliefs, which include a declaration that the ban or suspension of the micro-blogging site is unlawful and a declaration that any prosecution of users of the site will be unconstitutional.

The body is also seeking a declaration that the ban affects the businesses, employments and economic activities of lawyers and Nigerians generally and an order mandating all mobile network and internet service providers to unblock the use of the micro-blogging and social media site.

A similar suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos was initiated by the Chairman of the NBA Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA/SPIDEL), Monday Ubani.

Similarly, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Buhari government before the Federal High Court in Abuja and the ECOWAS Court of Justice.

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Politics Technology

TWITTER BAN: COURT FIXES DATE TO HEAR NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION’S SUIT AND BUHARI GOVERNMENT

October 4, 2021 has been fixed to hear a suit by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), challenging the legality of Nigeria Government’s suspension of the operations of micro-blogging and social media website, Twitter, by a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The suit numbered FHC/L/CS/613/202 was filed by Incorporated Trustees of the NBA on June 18, following the government’s June 4 threat to prosecute Nigerians who defy the directive by continuing to use Twitter.

The first to fourth defendants are President Muhammadu Buhari; the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) respectively.

The NBA’s 7-member legal team, led by Dr Charles Mekwunye, is seeking 11 reliefs, which include a declaration that the ban or suspension of the micro-blogging site is unlawful and a declaration that any prosecution of users of the site will be unconstitutional.

The body is also seeking a declaration that the ban affects the businesses, employments and economic activities of lawyers and Nigerians generally and an order mandating all mobile network and internet service providers to unblock the use of the micro-blogging and social media site.

A similar suit at the Federal High Court in Lagos was initiated by the Chairman of the NBA Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA/SPIDEL), Monday Ubani.

Similarly, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged the Buhari government before the Federal High Court in Abuja and the ECOWAS Court of Justice.

Credit: SaharaReporters

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Business

CBN stops selling FOREX to Bureaux de change


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday stopped sale of foreign exchange to bureaux de change.
The apex bank also accused international bodies operating in Nigeria of sabotage. The CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, who spoke shortly after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, accused BDCs of deliberate economic sabotage and misusing the weekly $20,000 allocation to them.


He also said CBN will no longer renew licences of BDCs. Emefiele also accused international agencies and embassies operating in Nigeria of illegally patronising BDCs.
According to him, international development finance institutions, embassies and others are supposed to patronise the importer and exporter window, where there is transparency.

Henceforth, previous allocation of foreign exchange to BDCs will now be given to banks to sell to customers.

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Crime Entertainment

Tope Alabi Robbed At Gunpoint In Ogun, Police Arrest Suspects


Members of an armed robbery gang have engaged men of the Ogun State Police Command in a gun duel while robbing a shop in Atan-Ota, in the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state.


The suspects reportedly invaded a provision shop and dispossessed its owner, Tope Alabi, of a huge sum of money.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement on Sunday said three suspects: Anu Ibikunle, 32; Rasheed Bisiriyu, 22; and Adebowale Dada, 25, were arrested in connection with the incident on Thursday.


“Upon the distress call, the DPO Atan-Ota division, CSP Abolade Oladigbolu, mobilised his men and moved to the scene.
“On sighting the policemen, the hoodlums, who first attacked the policemen, later took to their heels having realised the determination of the policemen to subdue them.


“They were hotly chased and three of them were subsequently apprehended.
“Recovered from them were one locally-made pistol, two live cartridges and assorted charms,” Oyeyemi said.


He noted that the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, had ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation.

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Photonews: Spiritualists, other Yoruba nation supporters turn up in Benin Republic court for Sunday Igboho on Monday

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Yoruba Nation: Lagos police charge Tajudeen Bakare for Jumoke Oyeleke’s murder


Salesgirl allegedly killed by stray bullet during the Yoruba Nation Lagos rally, Jumoke Oyeleke . Photo provided by Wasiu Afolabi, an uncle to the deceasedOne of the 48 Yoruba Nation protesters arrested by the police, Tajudeen Bakare, has been charged for the murder of a sachet water seller, Jumoke Oyeleke.


The sachet water seller reportedly died from a stray bullet during the Yoruba self-determination protest held on July 3 in Ojota, Lagos.
The 48 protesters who were arrested on the same day were charged before a Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu.


This is according to a statement signed by the Communications Manager, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Maxwell Adeleye.
The statement read, “The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, has charged the 48 Yoruba Nation Protesters arrested on Saturday 3rd July 2021 in Ojota, Lagos before a Magistrate Court sitting in Yaba.


“They were charged for Unlawful Assembly, Unlawful Society and Conducts likely to cause breach of Public Peace.
“However, one of the arrested protesters, Tajudeen Bakare (the popular Ogboni Chief) was charged by the Police for the murder of a Sachet Water Hawker, Jumoke Oyeleke, killed by a stray bullet during the protest.


“The bail granted to all the Protesters was upheld by the Court but that of Bakare was revoked. The Court refers Bakare’s case to the Director of Public Prosecutor (DPP) for further advice.”

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Court adjourns Mazi Nnamdi Kanu case till October 21st 2021 as Nigerian Government fails to produce him for hearing

Justice Binta Nyako adjourn Mazi Nnamdi Kanu case till October 21st 2021 as Nigerian Government fails to produce him for hearing

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Local News

BREAKING: Masked Nigeria’s Secret Police Operatives, DSS Take Over Federal High Court During Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial, Engages In Hunt And Grab Operation

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Nnamdi Kanu’s trial: Be prepared to kill us, we’ll flood Abuja – IPOB


The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has told the President Muhammadu Buhari government to be prepared to shoot and kill as many people as possible in Abuja tomorrow, Monday.


They vowed that no amount of threats can stop its members and other Biafrans from flooding the court.
Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, had warned members of the secessionist organisation to stay away from the court sitting which holds at the Federal High Court, Abuja on 26 July, 2021.


The Minister also warned against display of branded IPOB T-shirts or caps around the court premises.
Nnamdi Kanu, who was reportedly arrested in Kenya was extradited to Nigeria few week ago and kept in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.


He will appear in court on Monday.
“The federal government of Nigeria has no right to stop IPOB or Biafrans from coming to Abuja to witness the court proceedings or to show solidarity to our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Nigeria government cannot beat a child and force him or her not to cry. IPOB has every right to be in court on that day,” Emma Powerful, IPOB’s mouthpiece, told Vanguard.


“Anybody who doesn’t want to go to court is free to do so but Mallami and Federal Government of Nigeria have no powers or rights to stop anybody from going to Abuja.
“One thing they forget is that it’s not about Nnamdi Kanu, it’s about Biafra. The issue of Biafra agitation has since gone beyond Nnamdi Kanu. It’s now an unstoppable mass movement.


“The truth is that not just IPOB members but thousands of Biafrans and their sympathizers will flood Abuja on Monday to show solidarity to our leader, Nnamdi Kanu. He is only a freedom fighter and Nigeria cannot stop people from identifying with him.
“So, if they want to shoot or kill people they should prepare very well because they will have enough to kill or arrest.
“We are not afraid and can’t be afraid at this point of our journey when our freedom is at the threshold. We can’t abandon our leader.


“The only thing is that we shall be very civil, organized and peaceful but we can’t be cowed. The world will see how they kill innocent citizens that day in Abuja,” he added.

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Crime Education

Bandits Detain ransom Courier, Demand six Motorbikes, N4.6m Balance


It was a mild drama in the camps of the parents and the abductors of the 156 pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina, in Rafi local government area of Niger State, as the courier sent to deliver the N30 million for the release of the pupils was detained by the bandits who claimed that the ransom money was short by N4.6million.


It was learnt that the courier, Kassimu Tegina, was sent with the money through an unnamed negotiator to avoid a repeat of what happened with the N25m earlier paid as ransom which was said to have been given to the wrong bandits.
it was also gathered that the bandits claimed that the N30m delivered to them by Kassimu was short by N4.6m and held him captive along with the children until the money was completed.


“The bandits refused to release the children and also held the man we sent, Kassimu Tegina, with the help of a negotiator. They said the money is less N4.6m. They insisted we must complete it, and in addition buy six motorcycles,” one of parents of the pupils told newsmen.


While recounting their experience, another parent said, “They said as a punishment we must buy six motorcycles and complete the money. We struggled to raise the N30m and we have exhausted our goodwill to raise the N30m. So, we are confused; they (bandits) are playing on our intelligence. We are going through hell in their hands”.


The Head Teacher of the School, Malam Alhassan Garba Abubakar, who also confirmed to this medium that the N30 million was delivered to the bandits said, “But we are yet to see the person we sent with the money and the children.
“They demanded six Honda motorcycles that cost N490,000 each. That means we need another N6million with the N4.6 million they claimed was short of the N30 million delivered as the latest ransom,” he added.


Alhassan further said the parents had initially raised N20 million as ransom, a with negotiation fee of N5million, making it a total sum of N25 million which was delivered as ransom, but the bandits said it went into wrong hands.
“They (bandits) said we should bring another N30 million before they can release the pupils. After struggling, we were able to get the money and we sent Kassimu.


“I spoke With them today (yesterday) and they said we should complete the money and make six new motorcycles available to them before they can release them. We are tired; we have resigned to God because we cannot raise any other money again”, the Head Teacher lamented.
The parents of the abducted pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School had raised another N30million through donations from some notable Nigerians to complete the money demanded by bandits as ransom for the release of the school children.


The abductors of the 156 female pupils had reduced the ransom they demanded from the parents of the girls to N50million, less than half of the initial N200million ransom they demanded for the release of the pupils.
The bandits had reportedly collected N20million but refused to release the school children, saying it went to the wrong set of bandits.


Parents of the pupils were told to pay N30m earlier in the week but they were able to raise N20m which was collected, but three days later, the bandits after collecting the money refused to release the children.
“They (bandits) said we should bring another N30 million before they can release the pupils. After struggling, we were able to get the money and we sent Kassimu.
“I spoke With them today (yesterday) and they said we should complete the money and make six new motorcycles available to them before they can release them. We are tired; we have resigned to God because we cannot raise any other money again”, the Head Teacher lamented.


The parents of the abducted pupils of Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School had raised another N30million through donations from some notable Nigerians to complete the money demanded by bandits as ransom for the release of the school children.
The abductors of the 156 female pupils had reduced the ransom they demanded from the parents of the girls to N50million, less than half of the initial N200million ransom they demanded for the release of the pupils.


The bandits had reportedly collected N20million but refused to release the school children, saying it went to the wrong set of bandits.
Parents of the pupils were told to pay N30m earlier in the week but they were able to raise N20m which was collected, but three days later, the bandits after collecting the money refused to release the children.